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Vulnerability protection

Microsoft Word vulnerability could allow remote code execution

Report ID: MS201205001
Date Published: 9 May 2012

Criticality: Critical
Compromise Type: remote-code-execution
Compromise From: remote

Affected Product/Component:

Microsoft Office 2003
Microsoft Office 2007
Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack


A vulnerability that affects Microsoft Office software could allow a remote attacker to execute code and take control of an affected system.

Detailed Description

Microsoft has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Microsoft Office software. The vulnerability was caused by a system memory corruption that resulted when the software parses specially crafted Rich Text Format (RTF) data. An attacker could take advantage of this condition to execute arbitrary code and take control of the affected machine.

The issue has been resolved in the security update by modifying the way that RTF-formatted data are parsed. Users are recommended to install this latest update to protect their system from potential exploits.


CVE Reference



Install the latest security patch for applicable system, available for download from (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-029)

Security Advisories

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