Microsoft Word 2003 Office File memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Microsoft Word 2003 (Word Processing Software). This issue affects an unknown function of the component Office File Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. The product performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Stack-based buffer overflow in Microsoft Word 2003 SP3 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted document, aka "Microsoft Word Stack Overflow Vulnerability."

The weakness was published 04/08/2014 by Will Dormann with CERT/CC as MS14-017 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is shared at The public release has been coordinated with Microsoft. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2014-1758 since 01/29/2014. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Neither technical details nor an exploit are publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 73413 (MS14-017: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2949660)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 121860 (Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (MS14-017)).

Applying the patch MS14-017 is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (92025) and Tenable (73413).







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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Status: Unproven

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Nessus ID: 73413
Nessus Name: MS14-017: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and Office Web Apps Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2949660)
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OpenVAS ID: 804425
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (2949660)
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Patch: MS14-017


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Advisory: MS14-017
Researcher: Will Dormann
Organization: CERT/CC
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2014-1758 (🔍)

X-Force: 92025 - Microsoft Word stack overflow code execution, High Risk
SecurityTracker: 1030031
SecurityFocus: 66629


Created: 04/09/2014 01:12 PM
Updated: 06/16/2021 05:23 PM
Changes: 04/09/2014 01:12 PM (78), 05/17/2018 08:50 AM (6), 06/16/2021 05:23 PM (3)
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