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iDefense Security Advisory 04.17.08: Multiple Vendor OpenOffice QPRO Multiple Heap Overflow Vulnerabilities
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2008 17:59:54 -0400
iDefense Security Advisory 04.17.08
Apr 17, 2008
OpenOffice is an open-source desktop office suite for many of today's
popular operating systems. One of the file formats that OpenOffice
supports is Quattro Pro (QPRO). This format is used by Corel's
QuattroPro spreadsheet application. More information is available from
the following URL.
Remote exploitation of multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in
OpenOffice, as included in various vendors' operating system
distributions, allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the logged in user.
The first vulnerability occurs when parsing "Attribute" records from the
file. Due to a lack of bounds checking during a loop that reads these
records, an attacker can trigger a heap overflow by inserting more than
The second vulnerability is nearly identical to the first one, but
involves the "Font Description" record instead of the "Attribute"
Exploitation of these vulnerabilities results in the execution of
arbitrary code with the privileges of the user opening the file. In
order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must persuade a user
to open a malicious file.
iDefense confirmed the existence of these vulnerabilities in OpenOffice
version 2.3. Other versions may also be affected.
Renaming the shared library that contains the vulnerable code will
prevent OpenOffice from opening QPRO files. On Fedora Core 7, the
library can be found at:
Renaming this file to libsc680li.so.bak will prevent it from being
loaded. In addition to preventing the use of QPRO files, this also
prevents users from opening various other file formats.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The OpenOffice.org team has addressed these vulnerabilities with the
release of version 2.4. For more information, consult the OOo Security
Bulletin at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5745 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
10/29/2007 Initial vendor notification
10/30/2007 Initial vendor response
04/17/2008 Coordinated public disclosure
These vulnerabilities were discovered by Sean Larsson (iDefense Labs)
and an anonymous researcher.
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