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MS06-060 Microsoft Word Memmove Code Execution
From: Avert () avertlabs com
Date: 11 Oct 2006 23:27:04 -0000


McAfee, Inc.
McAfee Avert Labs Security Advisory
Vendor Notification Date: 2006-07-06
Public Release Date: 2006-10-10

Microsoft Word Memmove Code Execution


•       Synopsis

An integer bug (stack overflow) exists in the Microsoft Word file format. The file
format allows a attacker to create a malicious Microsoft Word document that when
opened, will execute arbitrary code.


•       Affected software

Microsoft Word 2000
Microsoft Word 2002
Microsoft Word 2003
Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac
Microsoft Word v. X for Mac

•       Vulnerability Information

The specific flaw exists during the processing of a malicious WordDocument file.
The overflow can be triggered during the parsing at offset 0xb4c in the WordDocument
stream. At this offset, there is a WORD size that is used as the third parameter
to a memmove call. If the size passed to memmove is > 0x8000, it will extend to
DWORD(0x8000 = 0xffff8001), and will copy 0xffff8001 bytes to the stack.

This is a code execution vulnerability that may be exploited to compromise users that
open a malformed Microsoft Word document.


•       Resolution

Install the Microsoft-provided vendor patch.


•       Credits

This vulnerability was discovered by Chen Xiao Bo of McAfee Avert Labs.


•       Contact Information

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