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iDefense Security Advisory 04.14.09: Microsoft Word 2000 WordPerfect 6.x Converter Stack Corruption Vulnerability
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iDefense Security Advisory 04.14.09
Apr 14, 2009
Word 2000 is a word processing application included with the Microsoft
Office 2000 software. The WordPerfect Converter is a tool used by Word
2000 to import documents from WordPerfect files and convert them for
editing in Word 2000 format.
Exploitation of a stack corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s
Word 2000 WordPerfect 6.x Converter could allow an attacker to execute
code in the context of the current user.
Microsoft Word is able to open documents created in other applications
by transparently applying a filter module which converts them to a
format Word can use. The WordPerfect 6.x converter from Office 2000
fails to perform sufficient sanity checking on input files. A
maliciously constructed WordPerfect document can cause potentially
exploitable stack corruption.
Successful remote exploitation of this vulnerability would allow an
attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context of the currently
logged in user. One possible attack vector is to put a maliciously
constructed document on a website and attempt to convince a user to
download it. By default, Word 2000 will open Word Documents in the
browser without prompting.
The vulnerability is triggered by conversion code not properly
validating a counter against the allocated length of a structure before
processing it. Depending on the contents of the data file, control
structures on the stack may be modified as a result, potentially
allowing the execution of arbitrary code.
One mitigating factor in the severity of this vulnerability is that, by
default, the converter is not installed until the first time you go to
use it. Often though, a complete install is done or the converter is
explicitly requested in a custom install.
WordPerfect 6.x documents will be opened using the affected WordPerfect
6.x Converter if they have an extension which is handled by Word. For
example, if a WordPerfect document is renamed from EVIL.WPD to
EVIL.DOC, it may not be obvious that the file is a WordPerfect
iDefense Labs have confirmed that the WordPerfect 6.x converter
(WPFT632.CNV, with file version 1922.214.171.124) in Microsoft Word 2000
Service Pack 3 is vulnerable. However, the version of this converter
installed with Word 2003 is not affected by this vulnerability.
The following workaround mitigates exposure to the vulnerability:
? Uninstall the WordPerfect 6.x Converter. (Doing this will cause an
inability to open WordPerfect 6.x documents within the affected
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Microsoft has released a patch which addresses this issue. For more
information, consult their advisory at the following URL:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2009-0088 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
06/28/2006 - Initial Contact
06/29/2006 - PoC Requested
06/29/2006 - PoC Sent
10/05/2006 - Vendor Status Update
01/24/2007 - Vendor Status Update
02/12/2008 - Vendor Status Update
03/31/2009 - CVE Assigned
04/14/2009 - Coordinated Public Disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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