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Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 14:45:50 -0400
From: iDefense Labs <>
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 08.10.10: Microsoft Office RTF Parsing
 Engine Memory Corruption Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 08.10.10
Aug 10, 2010


Microsoft Word is a word processing application from Microsoft Office.
For more information about Microsoft Word, see the following website:

Rich-Text Format (RTF) is a document file format developed by Microsoft
for cross-platform document interchange.


Remote exploitation of an memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft's
Office RTF Parsing Engine could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary
code with the privileges of the current user.

During the processing of a RTF document containing certain control
words, the RTF parsing engine may incorrectly read a value from the RTF
file. This value may directly affect the control of execution flow
within the RTF parsing engine.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user who opened a malicious RTF document
with Microsoft Office.

To exploit this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious RTF
file created by an attacker, or simply receive an email containing
malicious RTF content. An attacker typically accomplishes this via
social engineering or injecting content into a compromised, trusted


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Microsoft
Word 2003, Microsoft Word 2007, and Microsoft Outlook 2007. A full list
of vulnerable Microsoft products can be found in Microsoft Security
Bulletin MS10-056.


Microsoft suggested workarounds can be found in Microsoft Security
Bulletin MS10-056.


Microsoft Corp. has released patches which address 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-2010-1901 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


08/11/2009  Initial Vendor Notification
08/11/2009  Initial Vendor Reply
08/10/2010  Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by wushi of team509.

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