Date Discovered October 10, 2006
Description Microsoft Word is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability.
An attacker could exploit this issue by enticing a victim to load a malicious Word file. If the vulnerability is successfully exploited, this could result in the execution of arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged-in user.
- Microsoft Office 2000
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP1
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP2
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP3
- Microsoft Office 2003
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP1
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP2
- Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
- Microsoft Office X for Mac
- Microsoft Office XP
- Microsoft Office XP SP1
- Microsoft Office XP SP2
- Microsoft Office XP SP3
- Microsoft Word 2000
- Microsoft Word 2000 SP2
- Microsoft Word 2000 SP3
- Microsoft Word 2000 SR1
- Microsoft Word 2000 SR1a
- Microsoft Word 2002
- Microsoft Word 2002 SP1
- Microsoft Word 2002 SP2
- Microsoft Word 2002 SP3
- Microsoft Word 2003
- Microsoft Works Suite 2004
- Microsoft Works Suite 2005
- Microsoft Works Suite 2006
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.
Microsoft has released a security advisory addressing this issue.
Credits Chen Xiaobo of McAfee Avert Labs is credited with the discovery of this vulnerability.
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