Excel is the spreadsheet application included with Microsoft Corp.'s Office productivity software suite. More information is available at the following website:
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s Excel could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.
The vulnerability occurs when Excel parses a specially crafted Excel file. Specific values within this file can trigger a memory corruption vulnerability and may allow arbitrary code execution.
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. Attackers typically accomplish this by e-mailing a targeted user the file or hosting the file on a Web page.
The following Microsoft products are vulnerable:
The vulnerability occurs in the core parsing code of Excel, and this code can not be disabled; however, it is possible to disable the opening of the older binary format files and use MOICE to convert the file to the newer XML-based format.
Microsoft Corp. has released patches which address this issue. Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs shown.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2011-0103 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for security problems.
09/09/2010 Initial Vendor Notification
09/09/2010 Initial Vendor Reply
04/12/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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