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Microsoft Visio Packed Objects Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

June 12, 2007

Description

Microsoft Visio is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability because it fails to adequately handle user-supplied data. Attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the application. Failed exploit attempts will result in a denial-of-service condition.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Visio 2002
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 SP1
  • Microsoft Visio 2002 SP2
  • Microsoft Visio 2003
  • Microsoft Visio 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Visio 2003 SP2

Recommendations

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.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.

To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.
Microsoft has released an advisory and fixes to address this issue. Please see the references for more information.

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