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Subject: US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alert TA06-139A -- Microsoft Word Vulnerability
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Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 22:00:52 -0400

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                     National Cyber Alert System

               Technical Cyber Security Alert TA06-139A

Microsoft Word Vulnerability

   Original release date: May 19, 2006
   Last revised: --
   Source: US-CERT

Systems Affected

     * Microsoft Word 2003
     * Microsoft Word XP (2002)

   Microsoft Word is included in Microsoft Works Suite and Microsoft
   Office. Other versions of Word, and other Office programs may be
   affected or act as attack vectors.


   A buffer overflow vulnerability in Microsoft Word could allow an
   attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

I. Description

   Microsoft Word contains a buffer overflow vulnerability. Opening a
   specially crafted Word document, including documents hosted on web
   sites or attached to email messages, could trigger the

   Office documents can contain embedded objects. For example, a
   malicious Word document could be embedded in an Excel or PowerPoint
   document. Office documents other than Word documents could be used
   as attack vectors.

   For more information, please see Vulnerability Note VU#446012.

II. Impact

   By convincing a user to open a specially crafted Word document, an
   attacker could execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system. If
   the user has administrative privileges, the attacker could gain
   complete control of the system.

III. Solution

   At the time of writing, there is no complete solution available.
   Consider the following workarounds:

   Do not open untrusted Word documents

    Do not open unfamiliar or unexpected Word or other Office
    documents, including those received as email attachments or hosted
    on a web site.  Please see Cyber Security Tip ST04-010 for more

   Do not rely on file extension filtering

    In most cases, Windows will call Word to open a document even if
    the document has an unknown file extension. For example, if
    document.d0c (note the digit "0") contains the correct file header
    information, Windows will open document.d0c with Word.

Appendix A. References

     * Vulnerability Note VU#446012 -

     * Cyber Security Tip ST04-010 -


   Information used in this document came from SANS and Microsoft.

   The most recent version of this document can be found at:


   Feedback can be directed to US-CERT Technical Staff. Please send
   email to <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> with "TA06-139A Feedback VU#446012" in the

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Revision History

   May 19, 2006: Initial release

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