Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003 resource management

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A vulnerability classified as very critical was found in Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003 (Presentation Software). This vulnerability affects an unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-399. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Integer overflow in Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a PowerPoint file with a malformed picture index that triggers memory corruption, related to handling of CString objects, aka "Memory Allocation Vulnerability."

The issue has been introduced in 11/17/2003. The weakness was published 08/12/2008 by Ruben Santamarta (iDefense) with (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-2008-0120 since 01/07/2008. 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 $0-$5k (estimation calculated on 08/01/2021).

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 1730 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 33880 (MS08-051: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949785)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 110083 (Microsoft PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS08-051)).

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 6284.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (44066), SecurityTracker (ID 1020676), Vulnerability Center (SBV-19162) and Tenable (33880). Similar entries are available at 43677, 43678, 43676 and 43675.






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VulDB Meta Temp Score: 9.4

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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 33880
Nessus Name: MS08-051: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (949785)
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OpenVAS ID: 900033
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (949785)
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Saint ID: exploit_info/powerpoint_viewer_cstring
Saint Name: Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer picture index CString object integer overflow

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Researcher: Ruben Santamarta (iDefense)
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2008-0120 (🔍)

X-Force: 44066
SecurityTracker: 1020676 - Microsoft PowerPoint Memory Errors Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 19162 - [MS08-051] Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer 2003 Memory Allocation Error Allows Remote Code Execution, Medium
SecurityFocus: 30552 - Microsoft PowerPoint Picture Index Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 31453 - Microsoft Office PowerPoint Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
Vupen: ADV-2008-2355

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Created: 03/17/2015 12:19 PM
Updated: 08/01/2021 06:14 PM
Changes: 03/17/2015 12:19 PM (76), 06/05/2019 01:16 PM (19), 08/01/2021 06:14 PM (3)
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