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Vigil@nce: Microsoft Access, remote code execution via snapshot viewer

August 2008 by Vigil@nce


An attacker can create a malicious webpage, when the victim will open it, code will could be executed on his computer.

Gravity: 3/4

Consequences: privileged access/rights

Provenance: document

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

Identifier: VIGILANCE-VUL-8011


- Microsoft Access [confidential versions]


Snapshot Viewer is useful to display MS Office documents without having originals versions.

Snapshot viewer uses a "snapview.ocx", this last has two attributes which is possible to divert:
- "SnapshotPath" which define the path to the file to display
- "CompressedPath" which define the path to copy a file

An attacker can use these two attributes to download and copy a malicious webpage in order to execute code.


Identifiers: 955617, CVE-2008-2463, MS08-041, VIGILANCE-VUL-8011

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