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CVE Number Vulnerability Product Severity Date
MS10-079 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2293194) Microsoft Office Critical 13-10-2010

Technical Information

Brief overview of the risk:
This security update resolves eleven privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Word file.
Detailed Information on the risk:

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that Microsoft Word handles an uninitialized pointer when parsing a specially crafted Word file. 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 impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

Further information on this exploit is available at : MS10-079

Affected Software

Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Service Pack 2
Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3
Open XML File Format Converter for Mac