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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

CVE-2010-0261

Severity High
Score 9.3/10

Summary

Heap-based buffer overflow in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 SP1 and SP2 and Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats SP1 and SP2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted spreadsheet in which "a MDXSET record is broken up into several records," aka "Microsoft Office Excel MDXSET Record Heap Overflow Vulnerability."

  • MEDIUM
  • NETWORK
  • NONE
  • COMPLETE
  • COMPLETE
  • COMPLETE

CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow

Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.

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  • Published