Monday, July 13, 2009

Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Web Components Control Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Via SAS Internet Storm Center -

Microsoft has released an advisory related to an Office Web Components ActiveX vulnerability, it is available here. This vulnerability exists in the ActiveX control used by IE to display Excel spreadsheets. The CVE entry for the vulnerability is CVE-2009-1136. Microsoft mentions that they are aware of active exploits against this vulnerability, although we at the SANS Internet Storm Center haven't seen it used or mentioned in public as of yet. Which may tend to indicate it has been used in targeted rather than broad based attacks. At the moment there is no patch, there is a workaround, and it can be automated for enterprise deployment. The specific CLSIDs to set the killbit for are:


Start working on this on ASAP. The impact is remote code execution with the privileges of the logged in user running Internet Explorer, and might not require user intervention. As in browse to a nasty web site and be pwn3d.


KB article:

SRD blog:

MSRC blog:


Update1: The vulnerability is being actively exploited on web sites. More to follow.

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