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Microsoft Excel Formula Parsing Error Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019585
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0115   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Mar 20 2008
Original Entry Date:  Mar 11 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2000 SP3, 2002 SP3, 2003 SP2, 2007; Excel Viewer 2003; Office 2004 for Mac; Office 2008 for Mac
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Excel in the parsing of forumulas. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create an Excel file with a specially crafted formula that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a memory calculation error and execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

iDefense Labs reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can create a 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 Office 2000 Service Pack 3, Excel 2000 Service Pack 3:

Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3, Excel 2002 Service Pack 3:

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2, Excel 2003 Service Pack 2:

2007 Microsoft Office System, Excel 2007:

Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003:

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats:

Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac:

Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac:

A restart is not required.

On March 19, 2008, Microsoft re-released MS08-014 for Microsoft Office Excel 2003 SP2 and SP3 only to correct a calculation error that had no security impact. Instructions regarding the re-issue are available at:

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (macOS/OS X), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

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