Microsoft PowerPoint 2000/2002/2003 Paragraph memory corruption

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A vulnerability classified as critical was found in Microsoft PowerPoint 2000/2002/2003 (Presentation Software). This vulnerability affects an unknown functionality of the component Paragraph Handler. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-119. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 05/12/2009 by iDefense Labs with iDefense as MS09-017 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is available at This vulnerability was named CVE-2009-0220 since 01/20/2009. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Successful exploitation requires user interaction by the victim. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of USD $5k-$25k at the moment (estimation calculated on 06/05/2019).

It is declared as proof-of-concept. As 0-day the estimated underground price was around $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 38742 (MS09-017: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340)), 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 local. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 110094 (Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS09-017)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying the patch MS09-017 is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at 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.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 34833), Secunia (SA32428), SecurityTracker (ID 1022205) and Tenable (38742). Similar entries are available at 3946, 3971, 3973 and 3972.





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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 38742
Nessus Name: MS09-017: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340)
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Patch: MS09-017


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Advisory: MS09-017
Researcher: iDefense Labs
Organization: iDefense
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2009-0220 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 34833 - Microsoft PowerPoint Paragraph Data Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 32428 - Microsoft PowerPoint Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
SecurityTracker: 1022205
OSVDB: 54386 - Microsoft Office PowerPoint PPT Importer (PP4X32.DLL) Legacy File Format Handling Multiple Overflows
Vupen: ADV-2009-1290

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Created: 05/19/2009 03:00 PM
Updated: 06/05/2019 01:12 PM
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