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Word Unspecified Exploit

Disclosed December 5, 2006    Fully Patched

Vulnerability Description:

A remote code execution vulnerability exists within Microsoft Word which may 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.
It seems as though Microsoft has known about this vulnerability since November 21st, when it originally was assigned CVE-2006-5994 by Mitre.
NOTE: This information is gathered from the referenced Microsoft Advisory (929433). eEye Research is currently searching for an exploit sample to investigate the vulnerability further and will update this entry soon thereafter.



Vulnerable Software/Devices:

Word 2000
Word XP
Word 2003
Works 2004
Works 2005
Works 2006
Office 2004 for Mac
Office v.X for Mac
Word Viewer 2003

Vulnerability Severity:


Exploit Availability:


BeyondTrust Prevention and Detection:

BeyondTrust's Blink® Personal Edition protects from this vulnerability.
BeyondTrust's Blink® Professional Edition protects from this vulnerability.
BeyondTrust's Retina® Network Security Scanner scans devices to detect for this vulnerability.

Microsoft Security Bulletin (929434)


Currently there is no mitigation for this vulnerability.


Microsoft Security Advisory (929433): Vulnerability in Microsoft Word Could Allow Remote Code Execution



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