Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 code injection

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Office 2003 SP3 (Office Suite Software). It has been classified as critical. Affected is an unknown code. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a code injection vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-94. The software constructs all or part of a code segment using externally-influenced input from an upstream component, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could modify the syntax or behavior of the intended code segment. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 12/13/2011 by Will Dormann with CERT/CC as MS11-091 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is available at The public release has been coordinated with the vendor. This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2011-3411 since 09/09/2011. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. Technical details are unknown but a private exploit is available. This vulnerability is assigned to T1059 by the MITRE ATT&CK project.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 57277 (MS11-091: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2607702)), 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 110161 (Microsoft Office Publisher Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (MS11-091)).

Applying the patch MS11-091 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. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 11925.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityTracker (ID 1026414), Vulnerability Center (SBV-34019) and Tenable (57277). Further details are available at Similar entries are available at 4466, 4469, 4474 and 4480.






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Class: Code injection
CWE: CWE-94 / CWE-74 / CWE-707
ATT&CK: T1059

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Access: Private
Status: Unproven

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Nessus ID: 57277
Nessus Name: MS11-091: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2607702)
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OpenVAS ID: 902493
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Publisher Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (2607702)
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Advisory: MS11-091
Researcher: Will Dormann
Organization: CERT/CC
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2011-3411 (🔍)

SecurityTracker: 1026414 - Microsoft Publisher Multiple Errors Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 34019 - [MS11-091] Microsoft Publisher 2003 SP3 Remote Invalid Pointer Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 50949 - Microsoft Publisher Invalid Pointer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 46438 - Microsoft Office Publisher Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 77671

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Created: 01/21/2012 01:00 AM
Updated: 03/20/2021 07:45 AM
Changes: 01/21/2012 01:00 AM (52), 04/05/2017 03:40 PM (29), 03/20/2021 07:33 AM (8), 03/20/2021 07:40 AM (2), 03/20/2021 07:45 AM (1)
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