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Remote code execution in Microsoft Excel



Published: 2020-02-11
Severity High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2020-0759
CWE ID CWE-119
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Excel
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Office for Mac
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

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-2020-0759

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

Exploit availability: No

Description

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

The vulnerability exists due to a boundary error within the Microsoft Excel software. A remote attacker can send a specially crafted file, 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.

Mitigation

Install update from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft Office: 365 ProPlus, 2019, 2019 for Mac

Microsoft Excel: 2010, 2013, 2013 RT Service Pack 1, 2016

Microsoft Office for Mac: 2016

CPE External links

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2020-0759

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.