Microsoft Excel 2002 input validation

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A vulnerability, which was classified as very critical, has been found in Microsoft Excel 2002 (Spreadsheet Software). Affected by this issue is an unknown function. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-20. The product receives input or data, but it does not validate or incorrectly validates that the input has the properties that are required to process the data safely and correctly. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability. CVE summarizes:

Microsoft Excel 2002 SP3 does not properly validate record information, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted Excel document, aka "Extra Out of Boundary Record Parsing Vulnerability."

The weakness was disclosed 10/13/2010 by Alin Rad Pop with VUPEN (Website). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2010-3239. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for 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 09/26/2021).

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 49957 (MS10-080: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2293211)), 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 110136 (Microsoft Office Excel Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (MS10-080)).

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 10563.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (62114), Tenable (49957), SecurityFocus (BID 43654†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-27663†).







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Class: Input validation

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Nessus ID: 49957
Nessus Name: MS10-080: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2293211)
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OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Office Excel Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (2293211)
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Researcher: Alin Rad Pop
Organization: VUPEN
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2010-3239 (🔍)

X-Force: 62114
SecurityFocus: 43654 - Microsoft Excel Record Validation Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
Vulnerability Center: 27663 - [MS10-080] Microsoft Excel Remote Code Execution Vulnerability due to an Out of Boundary Condition, Medium


Created: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM
Updated: 09/26/2021 05:12 PM
Changes: 03/19/2015 02:37 PM (63), 03/07/2017 02:04 PM (12), 09/26/2021 05:04 PM (3), 09/26/2021 05:12 PM (1)
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