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Warning: File association bug via web site
From: SteveC <steve () FRACTALUS COM>
Date: Thu, 31 Aug 2000 18:11:31 -0400

Background:
while working on the previous bug submitted:
http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/79603

Fault:
A malicious website could run arbitrary code on a Windows computer with MS
office providing the office security setting is set to "low" or the user
accepts MS Offices' warning dialog. This happens without the user seeing
MS office at all.

If the same html file is clicked once while in Windows Explorer with "web
page view" set to "on". Then while generating a preview the same situation
can occur.

If the office file is renamed to a ".zip" file and if a user chooses "run
from location" in the download dialog box the same situation can occur.

details:

By creating a MS Excel file and renaming it to an unknown extension with
the following code:

Private Sub Workbook_Activate()
    MsgBox ("Hello world")
End Sub

and then linking to this as an invisible frame in a html file the code can
be run without the user seeing any Office windows if the security setting
is "low" and just the virus warning dialog if "medium" (default).

Systems tested:
Windows 95 / Office 97 / IE 5
Windows 98 / Office 2k / IE 5.5

IE 5.5 differs from 5.0. 5.0 will accept office files renamed as ".jpg"
and ".gif" but 5.5 would not accept these.

pub  1024D/A9D75E73 2000-05-30 Stephen Coast (SteveC) <steve () fractalus com>
[expires:2001-05-30] www.fractalus.com/fracsaver/ <stevecoast () hushmail com>


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