US-CERT Technical Cyber Security Alert TA06-167A -- Microsoft Excel Vulnerability
- From: CERT Advisory <cert-advisory@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 20:58:50 -0400
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National Cyber Alert System
Technical Cyber Security Alert TA06-167A
Microsoft Excel Vulnerability
Original release date: June 16, 2006
Last revised: --
* Microsoft Excel 2003
* Microsoft Excel XP (2002)
* Microsoft Excel for Mac
Microsoft Excel is included with Microsoft Office. Other versions of
Excel, and other Office programs may be affected or act as attack
An unspecified vulnerability in Microsoft Excel could allow an
attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
Microsoft Excel contains an unspecified vulnerability. Opening a
specially crafted Excel document, including documents hosted on web
sites or attached to email messages, could trigger the vulnerability.
Office documents can contain embedded objects. For example, a
malicious Excel document could be embedded in an Word or PowerPoint
document. Office documents other than Excel documents could be used as
For more information, please see Vulnerability Note VU#802324.
By convincing a user to open a specially crafted Excel 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.
At the time of writing, there is no complete solution available.
Consider the following workarounds:
Do not open untrusted Excel documents
Do not open unfamiliar or unexpected Excel 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 information.
Do not rely on file extension filtering
In most cases, Windows will call Excel to open a document even if the
document has an unknown file extension. For example, if document.x1s
(note the digit "1") contains the correct file header information,
Windows will open document.x1s with Excel.
Appendix A. References
* Vulnerability Note VU#802324 -
* 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 <cert@xxxxxxxx> with "TA06-167A Feedback VU#802324" in the
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June 16, 2006: Initial release
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