Date Discovered October 10, 2006
Description Microsoft PowerPoint is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability.
Exploiting this issue can allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable computer by supplying a malicious PowerPoint (.ppt) document to a user.
- Microsoft Office 2000
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP1
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP2
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP3
- Microsoft Office 2001 For Macintosh
- Microsoft Office 2001 For Macintosh SR1
- Microsoft Office 2001 for Mac
- Microsoft Office 2003
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP1
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP2
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP3
- Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
- Microsoft Office X for Mac
- Microsoft Office XP
- Microsoft Office XP Developer Edition
- Microsoft Office XP SP1
- Microsoft Office XP SP2
- Microsoft Office XP SP3
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2000
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 SP2
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 SR1
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2000 SP3
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 SP1
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 SP2
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 SP3
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2003
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 SP1
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 SP2
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2003 SP3
Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity. Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect malicious actions that an attacker may take after successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications. Review all applicable logs regularly.
Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources. Users should never accept files from untrusted or unknown sources, because they may be malicious in nature. Avoid opening email attachments from unknown or questionable sources.
Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources. Users should avoid websites of questionable integrity. Never follow links supplied by unknown or untrusted sources.
Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as non-executable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploitation of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
The vendor has released advisory MS06-058 to address this issue in supported versions of affected applications.
Credits Arnaud Dovi of Zero Day Initiative is credited with the discovery of this vulnerability.
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