Remote code execution in Microsoft PowerPoint

Published: 2018-10-09
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2018-8501
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Microsoft PowerPoint
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

PowerPoint Viewer
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Office Web Apps
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Memory corruption

EUVDB-ID: #VU15259

Risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2018-8501

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to improper handling of objects in Protected View in Microsoft PowerPoint software. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted PowerPoint document, trick the victim into opening it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may result in complete compromise of vulnerable system.


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Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010 - 2016

PowerPoint Viewer: 2010

Microsoft Office: 365 ProPlus - 2019

Microsoft Office Web Apps: 2010

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