ID CVE-2008-4841
Summary The WordPad Text Converter for Word 97 files in Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2, and Server 2003 SP1 and SP2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted (1) .doc, (2) .wri, or (3) .rtf Word 97 file that triggers memory corruption, as exploited in the wild in December 2008. NOTE: As of 20081210, it is unclear whether this vulnerability is related to a WordPad issue disclosed on 20080925 with a 2008-crash.doc.rar example, but there are insufficient details to be sure. http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/960906.mspx Microsoft Security Advisory (960906) Vulnerability in WordPad Text Converter Could Allow Remote Code Execution Published: December 9, 2008 Microsoft is investigating new reports of a vulnerability in the WordPad Text Converter for Word 97 files on Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1, and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2. Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008 are not affected as these operating systems do not contain the vulnerable code. Upon completion of this investigation, Microsoft will take the appropriate action to protect our customers, which may include providing a solution through a service pack, our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs. At this time, we are aware only of limited and targeted attacks that attempt to use this vulnerability. Additionally, as the issue has not been publicly disclosed broadly, we believe the risk at this time to be limited. We continue to encourage responsible disclosure of vulnerabilities. We believe the commonly accepted practice of reporting vulnerabilities directly to a vendor serves everyone's best interests. This practice helps to ensure that customers receive comprehensive, high-quality updates for security vulnerabilities without exposure to malicious attackers while the update is being developed. Customers who believe that they have been attacked can obtain security support at Get security support and should contact the national law enforcement agency in their country. Customers in the United States can contact Customer Service and Support at no charge using the PC Safety hotline at 1-866-PCSAFETY. Additionally, customers in the United States should contact their local FBI office or report their situation at Internet Crime Complaint Center. Microsoft continues to encourage customers to follow the "Protect Your Computer" guidance of enabling a firewall, applying all software updates and installing anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Additional information can be found at Security at home. Mitigating Factors: • This issue does not affect Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008. • An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less affected than users who operate with administrative user rights. • The vulnerability cannot be exploited automatically through e-mail. For an attack to be successful, a user must open an attachment that is sent in an e-mail message. • When Microsoft Office Word is installed, Word 97 documents are by default opened using Microsoft Office Word, which is not affected by this vulnerability. However, an attacker could rename a malicious file to have a Windows Write (.wri) extension, which would still invoke WordPad. This file type can be blocked at the Internet perimeter.
References
Vulnerable Configurations
  • cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:wordpad:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:wordpad:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:wordpad:unknown:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:wordpad:unknown:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2000:*:sp4:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2000:*:sp4:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_server_2003:*:sp1:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_server_2003:*:sp1:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_server_2003:*:sp2:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_server_2003:*:sp2:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_xp:*:sp2:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_xp:*:sp2:*:*:*:*:*:*
CVSS
Base: 9.3 (as of 12-10-2018 - 21:49)
Impact:
Exploitability:
CWE NVD-CWE-noinfo
CAPEC
Access
VectorComplexityAuthentication
NETWORK MEDIUM NONE
Impact
ConfidentialityIntegrityAvailability
COMPLETE COMPLETE COMPLETE
cvss-vector via4 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
oval via4
accepted 2014-06-30T04:11:13.782-04:00
class vulnerability
contributors
  • name Dragos Prisaca
    organization Gideon Technologies, Inc.
  • name Brendan Miles
    organization The MITRE Corporation
  • name Josh Turpin
    organization Symantec Corporation
  • name Maria Mikhno
    organization ALTX-SOFT
definition_extensions
  • comment Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4 or later is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:229
  • comment Microsoft Windows XP (x86) SP2 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:754
  • comment Microsoft Windows XP (x86) SP3 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5631
  • comment Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP1 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:720
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1 (x64) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:4386
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1 (x86) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:565
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1 for Itanium is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:1205
  • comment Microsoft Windows XP x64 Edition SP2 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:4193
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x64) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:2161
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:1935
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (ia64) SP2 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:1442
description The WordPad Text Converter for Word 97 files in Microsoft Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2, and Server 2003 SP1 and SP2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted (1) .doc, (2) .wri, or (3) .rtf Word 97 file that triggers memory corruption, as exploited in the wild in December 2008. NOTE: As of 20081210, it is unclear whether this vulnerability is related to a WordPad issue disclosed on 20080925 with a 2008-crash.doc.rar example, but there are insufficient details to be sure.
family windows
id oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6050
status accepted
submitted 2009-04-14T16:00:00
title WordPad Word 97 Text Converter Stack Overflow Vulnerability
version 25
refmap via4
bid
  • 31399
  • 32718
cert TA09-104A
confirm http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/advisory/960906.mspx
exploit-db 6560
misc http://milw0rm.com/sploits/2008-crash.doc.rar
ms MS09-010
sectrack 1021376
secunia 32997
sreason 4711
vupen
  • ADV-2008-3390
  • ADV-2009-1024
saint via4
bid 32718
description Microsoft WordPad Word 97 text converter XST buffer overflow
id win_patch_word97
osvdb 50567
title ms_wordpad_word97_conv_xst
type client
Last major update 12-10-2018 - 21:49
Published 10-12-2008 - 14:00
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