Date Discovered January 15, 2008
Description Microsoft Excel is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability.
An attacker may exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the affected application. Failed exploit attempts will likely result in denial-of-service conditions.
- Microsoft Excel 2000
- Microsoft Excel 2000 SP2
- Microsoft Excel 2000 SP3
- Microsoft Excel 2000 SR1
- Microsoft Excel 2002
- Microsoft Excel 2002 SP1
- Microsoft Excel 2002 SP2
- Microsoft Excel 2002 SP3
- Microsoft Excel 2003
- Microsoft Excel 2003 SP1
- Microsoft Excel 2003 SP2
- Microsoft Excel 2003 SP3
- Microsoft Excel 2004 for Mac
- Microsoft Excel Viewer 2003
- Microsoft Office 2000
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP1
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP2
- Microsoft Office 2000 SP3
- Microsoft Office 2002
- Microsoft Office 2003
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP1
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP2
- Microsoft Office 2003 SP3
- Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
- Microsoft Office XP
- Microsoft Office XP SP1
- Microsoft Office XP SP2
- Microsoft Office XP SP3
Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources. Malicious media files may be sent via email, hosted on a web page, or sent through instant messaging or other means. Never accept or open any files that originate from an untrusted source.
Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources. Web users should be cautious about following links to sites that are provided by unfamiliar or suspicious sources. Filtering HTML from emails may help remove a possible vector for transmitting malicious links to users.
Implement multiple redundant layers of security. Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as nonexecutable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.
The vendor released updates to address this issue. Please see the references for more information.
Credits Mike Scott of SAIC and Matt Richard of VeriSign are credited with the discovery of this issue.
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