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Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 22:09:23 -0500
From: iDefense Labs <>
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 02.09.10: Microsoft PowerPoint LinkedSlideAtom
 Heap Overflow Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 02.09.10
Feb 09, 2010


Microsoft PowerPoint is an application used for constructing
presentations, and comes with the Microsoft Office suite. For more
information, see the vendor's site found at the following link.


Remote exploitation of a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in
Microsoft Corp.'s PowerPoint could allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.

The vulnerability occurs during the parsing of two related PowerPoint
record types. The first record type, the "LinkedSlideAtom" record, is
used to specify collaboration information for different slides. One of
the fields in this record is used to specify the number of certain
records that are present in the file. The code responsible for filling
the array used to store the records does not perform any bounds
checking when storing elements into the array. This results in a
heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user opening the file. To exploit this
vulnerability, an attacker needs to convince a user to open a malicious
file. If the targeted user is running PowerPoint 2000, and the "Office
Document Open Confirmation Tool" is not installed, then it is possible
to exploit this vulnerability directly through the browser.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in the
following versions of PowerPoint:

PowerPoint 2000 SP3

PowerPoint 2002 (XP) SP3

PowerPoint 2003 SP3 PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 SP1 are not


iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.


Microsoft Corp. has released a patch which addresses this issue.
Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking
on the URLs shown.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2010-0030 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


07/08/2009  Initial Vendor Notification
07/08/2009  Initial Vendor Reply
02/09/2010  Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson, iDefense Labs.

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