ZDI-06-033: Microsoft Office Excel File Format DATETIME Record Parsing Vulnerability Oct 10 2006 08:08PM
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ZDI-06-033: Microsoft Office Excel File Format DATETIME Record Parsing
October 10, 2006

-- CVE ID:

-- Affected Vendor:

-- Affected Products:
Microsoft Office 2000 SP3
Microsoft Office XP SP3
Microsoft Office 2003 SP1 / SP2
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
Microsoft Office v.X for Mac
Microsoft Works Suites 2004, 2005 and 2006

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since October 10, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4746. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:


-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Microsoft Office. Exploitation requires
that the attacker coerce the target user into opening a malicious .XLS

The specific flaw exists within the parsing of the BIFF file format
used by Microsoft Excel. During the processing of malformed DATETIME
records, user-supplied data may be insecurely referenced thereby
leading to the eventual execution of arbitrary code.

-- Vendor Response:
Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:


-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.06.15 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.10.10 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.10.10 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by Manuel Santamarina Suarez.

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vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor
patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of
helping to secure a broader user base, 3Com provides this vulnerability
information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors)
who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product.

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