Advisory Details

October 13th, 2015

Microsoft Office Excel calculatedColumnFormula Use-After-Free Information Disclosure Vulnerability

ZDI-15-517
ZDI-CAN-3014

CVE ID CVE-2015-2555
CVSS SCORE 6.8, (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
AFFECTED VENDORS Microsoft
AFFECTED PRODUCTS Office
TREND MICRO CUSTOMER PROTECTION Trend Micro TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 20166. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: http://www.tippingpoint.com
VULNERABILITY DETAILS


This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Office Excel. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within processing of calculatedColumnFormula objects. A specially crafted calculatedColumnFormula object can cause Excel to load information from memory that has already been freed. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of the current process.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/MS15-110
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2015-07-09 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2015-10-13 - Coordinated public release of advisory
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