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Secunia Research: Microsoft Word LFO Parsing Double-Free Vulnerability
From: Secunia Research <remove-vuln () secunia com>
Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:28:52 +0100

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                     Secunia Research 23/12/2010

        - Microsoft Word LFO Parsing Double-Free Vulnerability -

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Table of Contents

Affected Software....................................................1
Severity.............................................................2
Vendor's Description of Software.....................................3
Description of Vulnerability.........................................4
Solution.............................................................5
Time Table...........................................................6
Credits..............................................................7
References...........................................................8
About Secunia........................................................9
Verification........................................................10

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1) Affected Software 

* Microsoft Word 2002 (10.6856.6858) SP3

NOTE: Other versions may also be affected.

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2) Severity 

Rating: Highly critical
Impact: System access
Where:  From remote

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3) Vendor's Description of Software 

"Office Word ... provides editing and reviewing tools that help you
create professional documents more easily than ever before."

Product Link:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/default.aspx

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4) Description of Vulnerability

Secunia Research has discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft Word, 
which can be exploited by malicious people to potentially compromise 
a user's system.

The vulnerability is caused by a double-free error when processing LFO
(List Format Override) records and can be exploited to corrupt memory 
via a specially crafted Word document.

Successful exploitation may allow execution of arbitrary code.

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5) Solution 

Apply patches provided by MS10-079.

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6) Time Table 

25/05/2010 - Vendor notified.
25/05/2010 - Vendor response.
22/12/2010 - Vendor informs that due to a mishap the vulnerability
             report fell off their radar. The vulnerability has in the 
             meantime been fixed by MS10-079, which will be updated 
             accordingly with proper credits.
23/12/2010 - Public disclosure.

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7) Credits 

Discovered by Alin Rad Pop, Secunia Research.

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8) References

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned
CVE-2010-3217 for the vulnerability.

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9) About Secunia

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Secunia also provides a publicly accessible and comprehensive advisory
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Secunia believes that it is important to support the community and to
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Secunia regularly hires new skilled team members. Check the URL below
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10) Verification 

Please verify this advisory by visiting the Secunia website:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/2010-76/

Complete list of vulnerability reports published by Secunia Research:
http://secunia.com/secunia_research/

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