Microsoft Office 2007/2010/2013/2016 input validation

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Office 2007/2010/2013/2016 (Office Suite Software). It has been declared as critical. This vulnerability affects an unknown code block. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a input validation vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is 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. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was shared 12/08/2015 by Haifei Li with Intel as MS15-131 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability was named CVE-2015-6172 since 08/14/2015. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 87260 (MS15-131: Security Update for Microsoft Office to Address Remote Code Execution (3116111)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins and running in the context l. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 110262 (Microsoft Office Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (MS15-131)).

Applying the patch MS15-131 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 22085.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (87260), SecurityFocus (BID 78549†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-54914†).







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Class: Input validation

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Nessus ID: 87260
Nessus Name: MS15-131: Security Update for Microsoft Office to Address Remote Code Execution (3116111)
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OpenVAS ID: 800218
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (3116111)
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Advisory: MS15-131
Researcher: Haifei Li
Organization: Intel
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2015-6172 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 78549 - Microsoft Office CVE-2015-6172 Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
SecurityTracker: 1034325
Vulnerability Center: 54914 - [MS15-131] Microsoft Word, Office and Office Compatibility Pack Remote Code Execution - CVE-2015-6172, Critical


Created: 12/09/2015 12:18 PM
Updated: 06/29/2022 08:53 AM
Changes: 12/09/2015 12:18 PM (69), 05/12/2018 09:25 AM (12), 06/29/2022 08:53 AM (4)
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