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.
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
Download and install all vendor patches related to this vulnerability.