An unspecified vulnerability exists within Microsoft Word XP / 2002 which may possibly allow for a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code under the context of the logged in user. This vulnerability requires user interaction. In a web-based scenario (e-mail, Web site), a user would still have to open a file manually, as it would not be auto-opened.
NOTE: This information is gathered from the references below. eEye Research is currently researching the cause of the vulnerability and will update this ZDT entry as more information becomes available.
Microsoft Word XP/2002 SP3
BeyondTrust Prevention and Detection:
- BeyondTrust's Blink® Professional Edition protects from this vulnerability.
- BeyondTrust's Retina® Network Security Scanner scans devices to detect for this vulnerability.
- Patch: MS08-042
Users are urged to only open known-sender Word documents, and should utilize a host-based IPS to protect from such an attack.