Remote code execution in Microsoft PowerPoint

Published: 2021-03-09 | Updated: 2021-03-18
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2021-27056
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft PowerPoint
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains information about 1 vulnerabilities.

Updated: 18.03.2021

Updated vulnerability description.

1) Use-after-free

EUVDB-ID: #VU51324

Risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2021-27056

CWE-ID: CWE-416 - Use After Free

Exploit availability: No


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

The vulnerability exists due to improper input validation in the Microsoft PowerPoint. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted file, trick the victim into opening it, trigger a use-after-free error 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: 2019

Microsoft PowerPoint: 2010 Service Pack 2 - 2016

CPE2.3 External links

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