Remote code execution in Microsoft Office Access Connectivity Engine



Published: 2021-09-14
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE ID CVE-2021-38646
CWE ID CWE-94
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
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Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise
Client/Desktop applications / Other client software

Vendor Microsoft

Security Advisory

This security advisory describes one high risk vulnerability.

1) Code Injection

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] [PCI]

CVE-ID: CVE-2021-38646

CWE-ID: CWE-94 - Improper Control of Generation of Code ('Code Injection')

Exploit availability: No

Description

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

The vulnerability exists due to improper input validation in Microsoft Office Access Connectivity Engine. A remote attacker can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

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

Mitigation

Install updates from vendor's website.

Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft Office: 2013, 2013 RT, 2016, 2019

Microsoft 365 Apps for Enterprise: 32-bit Systems, 64-bit Systems

CPE External links

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-US/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2021-38646

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.



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