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Moderately critical

Microsoft Outlook / Word Object Tag Vulnerability

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Release Date:  2004-07-12    Last Update:  2005-08-22    Views:  32,407

Secunia Advisory SA12041

Where:

From remote

Impact:

System access

Solution Status:

Unpatched

CVE Reference(s):

Description


James C. Slora has reported a vulnerability in Microsoft Word and Outlook, potentially allowing malicious people to gain system access.

The problem arises when Word is used to edit mails in Outlook. This can possibly be exploited to execute arbitrary code on a user's system if the user is tricked into forwarding a malicious email with an unclosed "<OBJECT>" tag. Reportedly, this can only be exploited when mails are forwarded.

This may also be possible to exploit through malicious HTML documents if edited in Word.

This issue may be related to:
SA9580


Solution:
Do not use Word as the default mail editor.

Provided and/or discovered by:
James C. Slora

Deep Links:
Links available to Secunia VIM customers

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