#VU6143 Heap-based buffer overflow

Published: 2017-03-21

Vulnerability identifier: #VU6143

Vulnerability risk: High

CVSSv3.1: 8.3 [CVSS:3.1/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:C/C:H/I:H/A:H/E:U/RL:O/RC:C]

CVE-ID: CVE-2009-3130


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability: No

Vulnerable software:
Microsoft Excel
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications
Microsoft Office for Mac
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications
Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Vendor: Microsoft

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

The weakness exists due to heap-based buffer overflow when parsing of the Excel spreadsheet file format. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted .xls file containing malformed Binary File Format (BIFF) records, trick the victim into opening it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability may result in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.

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Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft Excel: 2002

Microsoft Office for Mac: 2004 - 2008

Microsoft Office: 2002


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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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