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Microsoft Office OneNote URL Handler Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

September 9, 2008

Description

Microsoft Office OneNote is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. An attacker could exploit this issue by enticing a victim to follow maliciously crafted URIs. Successfully exploiting this issue would allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged-in user.

Technologies Affected

  • HP Storage Management Appliance 2.1
  • HP Storage Management Appliance I
  • HP Storage Management Appliance II
  • HP Storage Management Appliance III
  • Microsoft Office 2003
  • Microsoft Office 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Office 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Office 2003 SP3
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2007 SP1
  • Microsoft Office XP
  • Microsoft Office XP SP1
  • Microsoft Office XP SP2
  • Microsoft Office XP SP3
  • Microsoft OneNote 2007
  • Microsoft OneNote 2007 SP1

Recommendations

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.

To mitigate the impact of a successful exploit, run the affected application as a user with minimal access rights.

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 follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Never accept files or follow links from untrusted or unknown sources, because they may be malicious in nature.

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 exploit attempts of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
The vendor has released an advisory and updates. Please see the references for more information.

Credits

Brett Moore of Insomnia Security
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