ID CVE-2008-0104
Summary Unspecified vulnerability in Microsoft Office Publisher 2000, 2002, and 2003 SP2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted .pub file, aka "Publisher Memory Corruption Vulnerability."
Vulnerable Configurations
  • cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:office:2000:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:office:2003:sp2:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:office:xp:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:publisher:*:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
Base: 9.3 (as of 30-10-2018 - 16:26)
  • Leverage Executable Code in Non-Executable Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's trust in configuration and resource files, when the executable loads the resource (such as an image file or configuration file) the attacker has modified the file to either execute malicious code directly or manipulate the target process (e.g. application server) to execute based on the malicious configuration parameters. Since systems are increasingly interrelated mashing up resources from local and remote sources the possibility of this attack occurring is high. The attack can be directed at a client system, such as causing buffer overrun through loading seemingly benign image files, as in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028 where specially crafted JPEG files could cause a buffer overrun once loaded into the browser. Another example targets clients reading pdf files. In this case the attacker simply appends javascript to the end of a legitimate url for a pdf ( http://path/to/pdf/file.pdf#whatever_name_you_want=javascript:your_code_here The client assumes that they are reading a pdf, but the attacker has modified the resource and loaded executable javascript into the client's browser process. The attack can also target server processes. The attacker edits the resource or configuration file, for example a web.xml file used to configure security permissions for a J2EE app server, adding role name "public" grants all users with the public role the ability to use the administration functionality. The server trusts its configuration file to be correct, but when they are manipulated, the attacker gains full control.
  • Manipulating User-Controlled Variables
    This attack targets user controlled variables (DEBUG=1, PHP Globals, and So Forth). An attacker can override environment variables leveraging user-supplied, untrusted query variables directly used on the application server without any data sanitization. In extreme cases, the attacker can change variables controlling the business logic of the application. For instance, in languages like PHP, a number of poorly set default configurations may allow the user to override variables.
cvss-vector via4 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
oval via4
accepted 2014-08-18T04:05:55.864-04:00
class vulnerability
  • name Sudhir Gandhe
    organization Secure Elements, Inc.
  • name Shane Shaffer
    organization G2, Inc.
  • name Maria Kedovskaya
    organization ALTX-SOFT
  • name Evgeniy Pavlov
    organization ALTX-SOFT
  • comment Microsoft Publisher 2000 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:427
  • comment Microsoft Publisher 2002 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:734
  • comment Microsoft Publisher 2003 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:239
description Unspecified vulnerability in Microsoft Office Publisher 2000, 2002, and 2003 SP2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted .pub file, aka "Publisher Memory Corruption Vulnerability."
family windows
id oval:org.mitre.oval:def:4547
status accepted
submitted 2008-02-12T17:59:01
title Word Memory Corruption Vulnerability
version 11
refmap via4
bid 27740
cert TA08-043C
  • HPSBST02314
  • SSRT080016
ms MS08-012
sectrack 1019377
secunia 28906
vupen ADV-2008-0514
Last major update 30-10-2018 - 16:26
Published 12-02-2008 - 23:00
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