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iDefense Security Advisory 02.09.10: Microsoft PowerPoint OEPlaceholderAtom Invalid Array Indexing Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 02.09.10
Feb 09, 2010
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 an invalid array indexing vulnerability in
Microsoft Corp.'s PowerPoint could allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
This vulnerability occurs when parsing an "OEPlaceholderAtom" record.
This record type is used to create a placeholder for an object
(picture, text, etc.) on a slide. By providing a value greater than the
size of an array, it is possible to corrupt stack memory beyond the
bounds of the array with a fixed value. By overwriting critical
structures like the saved return address, it is possible to execute
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.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in the
following versions of PowerPoint:
PowerPoint 2000 SP3
PowerPoint 2002 (XP) SP3
PowerPoint 2003 SP3 PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 SP1 are not
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Microsoft Corp. has released a patch which addresses this issue.
Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking
on the URLs shown.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2010-0031 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
07/08/2009 Initial Vendor Notification
07/08/2009 Initial Vendor Reply
02/09/2010 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson, iDefense Labs.
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