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iDefense Security Advisory 05.12.09: Microsoft PowerPoint Build List Memory Corruption Vulnerability
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iDefense Security Advisory 05.12.09
May 12, 2009
Microsoft PowerPoint is an application used for constructing
presentations, and comes with the Microsoft Office suite. For more
information, see the vendor's site found at the following link.
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft
Corp.'s PowerPoint could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code
with the privileges of the current user.
The vulnerability occurs during the parsing of the BuildList record.
This record is a container for other records that describe charts and
diagrams in the PowerPoint file. By inserting multiple BuildList
records with ChartBuild containers inside of them, it is possible to
trigger a memory corruption vulnerability during the parsing of the
ChartBuild container's contents. This allows an attacker to control an
object pointer, which can lead to attacker supplied function pointers
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user opening the file. To exploit this
vulnerability, an attacker needs to convince a user to open a malicious
file. If the targeted user is running PowerPoint 2000, and the "Office
Document Open Confirmation Tool" is not installed, then it is possible
to exploit this vulnerability directly through the browser.
Due to the nature of the vulnerability, relatively precise control of
the process memory layout is needed to successfully exploit this
vulnerability. iDefense Labs has developed exploit code that
successfully exploits this vulnerability.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in the
following versions of PowerPoint:
PowerPoint 2000 SP3
PowerPoint 2002 (XP) SP3
PowerPoint 2003 SP2
PowerPoint 2003 SP3
PowerPoint 2007 SP1
PowerPoint Viewer 2003
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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-2009-0224 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
10/06/2008 - Initial Contact
10/06/2008 - Initial Response
10/06/2008 - Researcher sent Inquiry to Vendor
10/07/2008 - Case number assigned
10/07/2008 - Initial resposne to Researcher Inquiry
12/12/2008 - Status Update Received - estimated release date 03/10/2009
02/24/2009 - Researcher restates Inquiry to Vendor
02/24/2009 - Status Update Received - estimated release date 06/09/2009
02/24/2009 - Vendor provides response to Inquiry
05/12/2009 - Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson, iDefense Labs.
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X. LEGAL NOTICES
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Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate
at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use
of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition.
There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the
author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct,
indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or
reliance on, this information.
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