#VU57261 Use-after-free in Microsoft Server applications

Published: 2021-10-12 | Updated: 2021-10-14

Vulnerability identifier: #VU57261

Vulnerability 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-2021-40486


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Microsoft SharePoint Server
Server applications / Application servers
Microsoft Office Web Apps Server
Server applications / Application servers
Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications
Microsoft Word
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications
Office Online Server
Server applications / Other server solutions

Vendor: Microsoft


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to compromise vulnerable system.

The vulnerability exists due to a use-after-free error when processing DOC files in Microsoft Word. A remote attacker can trick the victim to open a specially crafted document, trigger a use-after-free error and execute arbitrary code on the system.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may allow an attacker to compromise vulnerable system.

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Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft SharePoint Server: 2013 - 2019

Microsoft Office: 2019, 2013 - 2013 RT

Office Online Server : 2016

Microsoft Word:

Microsoft Office Web Apps Server: 2013 Service Pack 1

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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.

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?

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

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