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CVE Number Vulnerability Product Severity Date
MS08-016 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949030) Microsoft Office Critical 12-03-2008

Technical Information

Brief overview of the risk:
A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way Microsoft Office processes malformed Office files. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by creating a malformed Office file which could be included as an e-mail attachment, or hosted on a specially crafted or compromised Web site.
Detailed Information on the risk:
If a user were logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. 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.Further information on this exploit is available at : MS08-016

Affected Software

Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3
Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 2
Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003
Microsoft Office Excel Viewer 2003 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac