Fortinet Security Advisory: FSA-2006-09 Mar 14 2006 09:18PM
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Fortinet Security Advisory: FSA-2006-09

Microsoft Excel Formula Size Stack Overflow

Advisory Date : March 14, 2006
Reported Date : January 24, 2006
Vendor : Microsoft
Affected Products : Microsoft Excel 2003 Chinese Version
Windows XP Home Edition Chinese Version and
possible all versions of Microsoft Excel.
Severity : High
Reference : http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS06-012.mspx

Description : Fortinet Security Research Team (FSRT) has discovered a Improper Stack Overflow Vulnerability in the Microsoft Excel software. This vulnerability is due to Microsoft Excel's manipulation of opcode 0x0218, when provided with a large Formula Size, it will cause a stack overflow. An remote attacker could construct a .xls file and put it on controlled web site. When the user opens the .xls file with Microsoft Internet Explorer, the browser will call Microsoft Excel to open the .xls file automatically, and this will cause Microsoft Excel to crash. If excel file is specially crafted, it may allow attackers to execute arbitrary code on the affected system.

Impact : Execution of arbitrary code leading to system compromise.

Solution : Microsoft has released a update for this vulnerability, which is available for downloading from Microsoft web site, see reference.

Fortinet Protection: FortiGate series of security systems have been updated to detect exploits targeting this vulnerability.

Acknowledgment : Dejun Meng of Fortinet Security Research team found this vulnerability.

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