Vigil@nce: MS Excel, remote code execution via "Index Array"
August 2008 by Vigil@nce
An attacker can create an Excel spreadsheet, in order to execute code on victim’s computer.
Consequences: privileged access/rights
Means of attack: no proof of concept, no attack
Ability of attacker: expert (4/4)
Confidence: confirmed by the editor (5/5)
Diffusion of the vulnerable configuration: high (3/3)
Creation date: 13/08/2008
Microsoft Excel [confidential versions]
While opening an xls file, MS Excel loads the content of the document without any specific checking on the file.
A file containing an malicious array index value can be used to execute code.
An attacker can therefore create a malicious Excel spreadsheet, send it to a victim, and if this last open it, code can be executed on the computer.
Identifiers: 954066, CVE-2008-3005, MS08-043, VIGILANCE-VUL-8016