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[Full-disclosure] ZDI-07-026: Microsoft Excel BIFF File Format Named Graph Record Parsing Stack Overflow Vulnerability

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Date: Tue May 08 2007 - 18:45:34 GMT
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ZDI-07-026: Microsoft Excel BIFF File Format Named Graph Record Parsing

            Stack Overflow Vulnerability http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-07-026.html May 8, 2007

  • CVE ID: CVE-2007-0215
  • Affected Vendor: Microsoft
  • Affected Products: Office Excel 2000 Office Excel 2002 Office Excel 2003
  • TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection: TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this vulnerability since May 8, 2007 by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 5330. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:


  • Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Office Excel. Exploitation requires that the attacker coerce the target into opening a malicious .XLS file.

The specific flaw exists within the parsing of the BIFF file format used by Microsoft Excel. During the processing of a malformed Named Graph record, user-supplied data may be copied to the stack unchecked thereby leading to an exploitable stack-based buffer overflow.

  • Vendor Response: Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:


  • Disclosure Timeline: 2006.11.16 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2007.05.08 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers 2007.05.08 - Coordinated public release of advisory
  • Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by Manuel Santamarina Suarez.
  • About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI): Established by TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) represents a best-of-breed model for rewarding security researchers for responsibly disclosing discovered vulnerabilities.

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The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is used. 3Com does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any exploit code. Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor, 3Com provides its customers with zero day protection through its intrusion prevention technology. Explicit details regarding the specifics of the vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of helping to secure a broader user base, 3Com provides this vulnerability information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors) who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product.

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