Microsoft PowerPoint 2002/2003 code injection

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A vulnerability has been found in Microsoft PowerPoint 2002/2003 (Presentation Software) and classified as very critical. Affected by this vulnerability is some unknown processing. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a code injection vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-94. The product 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. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Array index error in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2002 SP3 and 2003 SP3, and PowerPoint in Office 2004 for Mac, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted PowerPoint document, aka "PowerPoint OEPlaceholderAtom placementId Invalid Array Indexing Vulnerability."

The weakness was shared 02/10/2010 by Damian Frizza with CORE Security Technologies (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is known as CVE-2010-0031 since 12/14/2009. The attack can be launched remotely. The exploitation doesn't need any form of authentication. It demands that the victim is doing some kind of user interaction. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $0-$5k at the moment (estimation calculated on 09/02/2021). The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1059 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 50064 (MS10-003 / MS10-004: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978214 / 975416) (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 110109 (Microsoft PowerPoint Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (MS10-004)).

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 9448.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (55890) and Tenable (50064).







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Class: Code injection
CWE: CWE-94 / CWE-74 / CWE-707

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Nessus ID: 50064
Nessus Name: MS10-003 / MS10-004: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978214 / 975416) (Mac OS X)
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OpenVAS ID: 902114
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Office PowerPoint Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (975416)
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Saint ID: exploit_info/powerpoint_oeplaceholderatom_placementid
Saint Name: Microsoft PowerPoint OEPlaceholderAtom placementId memory corruption

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Researcher: Damian Frizza
Organization: CORE Security Technologies
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2010-0031 (🔍)

X-Force: 55890
SecurityTracker: 1023563 - Microsoft PowerPoint Buffer Overflows and Memory Errors Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
Vulnerability Center: 24801 - [MS10-004] Microsoft Office PowerPoint \x27OEPlaceholderAtom\x27 Invalid Index Remote Code Execution, Critical
SecurityFocus: 38073 - Microsoft Office 'OfficeArtSpgr' Container Pointer Overwrite Remote Code Execution Vulnerability


Created: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM
Updated: 09/02/2021 08:14 AM
Changes: 03/18/2015 03:15 PM (74), 06/05/2019 01:15 PM (15), 09/02/2021 08:14 AM (3)
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