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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Microsoft Word Vendors:   Microsoft
Microsoft Word RTF Processing Flaw Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1027035
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1027035
CVE Reference:   CVE-2012-0183   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 8 2012
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2003 SP3, 2007 SP2, 2007 SP3, Office 2008 for Mac, Office for Mac 2011
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Word. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted Rich Text Format (RTF) file that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a memory corruption error and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

This vulnerability can also be triggered when the target user previews or opens a specially crafted RTF email message.

An anonymous researcher reported this vulnerability via TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative.

Impact:   A remote user can create an RTF file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following fixes:

Microsoft Word 2003 Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9819899d-7f7f-4ddd-9fc8-816a57d2979e

Microsoft Word 2007 Service Pack 2:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c6f79d01-8735-4b0f-a50b-90cde3fba4ee

Microsoft Word 2007 Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=c6f79d01-8735-4b0f-a50b-90cde3fba4ee

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8f85fc23-480e-4835-9ce5-0aa56702ef59

Microsoft Office for Mac 2011:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5d88d3d4-89bd-44c3-9e5a-657998223e2f

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 2:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=80d5a86a-33b0-4464-af76-0fe13bd07a5c

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=80d5a86a-33b0-4464-af76-0fe13bd07a5c

A restart may be required.

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-029

Vendor URL:  technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-029 (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:   UNIX (OS X), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


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