Remote code execution in Microsoft Office

Published: 2015-06-30 | Updated: 2017-01-31
Risk Critical
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2015-2424
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit This vulnerability is being exploited in the wild.
Vulnerable software
Microsoft Word
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft PowerPoint
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one critical risk vulnerability.

1) Heap-based buffer overflow


Risk: Critical


CVE-ID: CVE-2015-2424

CWE-ID: CWE-122 - Heap-based Buffer Overflow

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists due to heap-based buffer overflow when processing Office files. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted Office file, trick the victim into opening it, cause memory corruption and execute arbitrary code with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

Note: the vulnerability was being actively exploited.


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Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft Word: 2007 - 2013

Microsoft PowerPoint: 2007 - 2013 RT Service Pack 1

Microsoft Office: 2007 - 2013 RT

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