Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 code injection

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 (Presentation Software). It has been rated as very critical. This issue affects an unknown part. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a code injection vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to 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. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2000 SP3, 2002 SP3, 2003 SP3, and 2007 SP1 and SP2; PowerPoint Viewer 2003 and 2007 SP1 and SP2; PowerPoint in Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac and 2008 for Mac; Open XML File Format Converter for Mac; Microsoft Works 8.5 and 9.0; and Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats SP1 and SP2 do not properly validate PowerPoint files, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via multiple crafted BuildList records that include ChartBuild containers, which triggers memory corruption, aka "Memory Corruption Vulnerability."

The weakness was shared 05/12/2009 by iDefense Labs with VeriSign iDefense Labs (Website). The advisory is shared at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2009-0224 since 01/20/2009. 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 price for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 08/11/2021). MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1059 for this issue.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 50062 (MS09-017 / MS09-021 / MS09-027: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340 / 969462 / 969514) (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. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 110094 (Microsoft Office PowerPoint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS09-017)).

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 8088.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (50273) and Tenable (50062). The entries 3946, 3971, 3973 and 3972 are related to this item.






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

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 50062
Nessus Name: MS09-017 / MS09-021 / MS09-027: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (967340 / 969462 / 969514) (Mac OS X)
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Researcher: iDefense Labs
Organization: VeriSign iDefense Labs
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2009-0224 (🔍)

X-Force: 50273
SecurityTracker: 1022205 - Microsoft PowerPoint Has Multiple Buffer Overflows and Memory Corruption Bugs That Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 22006 - [MS09-017] Microsoft Office PowerPoint List Records Validation Memory Corruption Vulnerability, Medium
SecurityFocus: 34879 - Microsoft PowerPoint Invalid Record Type Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Secunia: 32428 - Microsoft PowerPoint Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
Vupen: ADV-2009-1290

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Created: 03/17/2015 11:38 PM
Updated: 08/11/2021 09:04 AM
Changes: 03/17/2015 11:38 PM (69), 06/05/2019 01:16 PM (18), 08/11/2021 09:04 AM (3)
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