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HTTP MS Word RTF File Code Exec

Severity: High

This attack could pose a serious security threat. You should take immediate action to stop any damage or prevent further damage from happening.


This signature detects attempts to exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in MS Word which may result in remote code execution.

Additional Information

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that Office handles specially crafted Rich Text Format (.rtf). The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted .rtf file that includes malformed strings. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

To view this vulnerability as a standard entry in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list, see CVE-2008-1091.


  • Microsoft Word 2000 SP3;
  • Microsoft Word 2002 SP3;
  • Microsoft Word 2003 SP2;
  • Microsoft Word 2003 SP3;
  • Microsoft Word Viewer 3;
  • Microsoft Word Viewer 2003 SP3;
  • Microsoft Word 2007;
  • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats;
  • Microsoft Word Viewer 2007 SP1


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