Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 code injection

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 (Image Processing Software). It has been classified as very critical. This affects an unknown function. 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 summary by CVE is:

Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Gold and SP1 does not properly handle memory during the parsing of files, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via crafted attributes in a Visio file, aka "VSD File Format Memory Corruption Vulnerability," a different vulnerability than CVE-2012-0019, CVE-2012-0020, CVE-2012-0136, and CVE-2012-0138.

The weakness was disclosed 02/14/2012 by Xin Ouyang with Palo Alto Networks (Website). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2012-0137 since 12/13/2011. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not publicly available. The pricing for an exploit might be around USD $5k-$25k at the moment (estimation calculated on 11/29/2021). The attack technique deployed by this issue is T1059 according to MITRE ATT&CK.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 57949 (MS12-015: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2663510)), 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 110175 (Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (MS12-015)).

There is no information about possible countermeasures known. It may be suggested to replace the affected object with an alternative product.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (72863), Vulnerability Center (SBV-34491) and Tenable (57949). The entries 4643, 4639, 54546 and 60210 are pretty similar.






  • commercial

CPE 2.3info

CPE 2.2info


VulDB Meta Base Score: 10.0
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 10.0

VulDB Base Score: 10.0
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Class: Code injection
CWE: CWE-94 / CWE-74 / CWE-707
ATT&CK: T1059

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 57949
Nessus Name: MS12-015: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2663510)
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OpenVAS ID: 902423
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Office Visio Viewer Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (2663510)
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Researcher: Xin Ouyang
Organization: Palo Alto Networks
Status: Not defined

CVE: CVE-2012-0137 (🔍)

X-Force: 72863
Vulnerability Center: 34491 - [MS12-015] Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Remote Code Execution via a Crafted VSD (CVE-2012-0137), Critical
SecurityFocus: 51907 - Microsoft Visio Viewer VSD File Format CVE-2012-0137 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

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Created: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM
Updated: 11/29/2021 03:46 PM
Changes: 03/23/2015 04:50 PM (61), 04/09/2017 02:49 PM (13), 11/29/2021 03:46 PM (3)
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