Microsoft Excel 2000/2002/2003 Formula resource management

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A vulnerability has been found in Microsoft Excel 2000/2002/2003 (Spreadsheet Software) and classified as critical. This vulnerability affects an unknown function of the component Formula Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a denial of service vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-399. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 12/09/2008. The weakness was disclosed 12/09/2008 by Claes M Nyberg with signedness.org as MS08-074 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is shared for download at microsoft.com. This vulnerability was named CVE-2008-4266 since 09/25/2008. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available. The current price for an exploit might be approx. USD $5k-$25k (estimation calculated on 08/21/2019).

It is declared as proof-of-concept. As 0-day the estimated underground price was around $100k and more. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 50060 (MS08-072 / MS08-074: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (957173 / 959070) (Mac OS X)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family MacOS X Local Security Checks and running in the context local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 110090 (Microsoft Excel Multiple Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (MS08-074)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying the patch MS08-074 is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at microsoft.com. The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 6610.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (46863), SecurityTracker (ID 1021368), Vulnerability Center (SBV-20200) and Tenable (50060). The entries 3886, 3884, 3885 and 3883 are pretty similar.

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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.6

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Class: Denial of service
CWE: CWE-399
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 50060
Nessus Name: MS08-072 / MS08-074: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (957173 / 959070) (Mac OS X)
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OpenVAS Name: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (959070)
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Upgrade: microsoft.com
Patch: MS08-074
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Vendor: microsoft.com

Advisory: MS08-074
Researcher: Claes M Nyberg
Organization: signedness.org
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2008-4266 (🔍)
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X-Force: 46863
SecurityTracker: 1021368
Vulnerability Center: 20200 - [MS08-074] Microsoft Excel NAME Record Remote Code Execution Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 32622 - Microsoft Excel Name Record Array Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 31593 - Microsoft Excel Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 50557 - CVE-2008-4266 - MS08-074 - Microsoft Excel Global Array - Code Execution Issue
Vupen: ADV-2008-3386

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Created: 12/19/2008 11:43 AM
Updated: 08/21/2019 06:07 PM
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