Remote code execution in Microsoft Word

Published: 2020-04-14
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2020-0980
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Microsoft SharePoint Server
Server applications / Application servers

Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Word
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Office for Mac
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Office Web Apps
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Office Online Server
Server applications / Other server solutions

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Buffer overflow

EUVDB-ID: #VU26878

Risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 7.7 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2020-0980

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 a boundary error in Microsoft Word software when it fails to properly handle objects in memory. A remote attacker can create 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.


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Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft SharePoint Server: 2010 - 2019

Microsoft Office: 365 ProPlus - 2019 for Mac

Office Online Server : 2016

Microsoft Word: 2010 - 2016

Microsoft Office for Mac: 2016

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

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

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

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

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