Remote code execution in Microsoft PowerPoint

Published: 2018-12-11
Severity High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2018-8628
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software Microsoft Office for Mac Subscribe
Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack
Microsoft SharePoint Server
Microsoft Office Web Apps
Office Online Server
Microsoft Office
Vendor Microsoft

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one high risk vulnerability.

1) Buffer overflow

Severity: High

CVSSv3: 7.7 [CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2018-8628

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


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

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error when processing Microsoft PowerPoint files. 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 Office for Mac: 2016

Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010 Service Pack 2, 2013 RT Service Pack 1, 2013 Service Pack 1, 2016, Viewer

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack: Service Pack 3

Microsoft SharePoint Server: 2013, 2016, 2019

Microsoft Office Web Apps: 2010 Service Pack 2, 2013 Service Pack 1

Office Online Server : 2016

Microsoft Office: 365 ProPlus, 2010, 2010 SP2, 2013, 2013 RT, 2016, 2019, 2019 for Mac

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Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Yes. This vulnerability can be exploited by a remote non-authenticated attacker via the Internet.

How the attacker can exploit this vulnerability?

The attacker would have to trick the victim to visit a specially crafted website or open an attachment in an e-mail message.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

No. We are not aware of malware exploiting this vulnerability.