MS12-051 - Vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2721015)

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Details
Vulnerability name/brief description MS12-051 - Vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2721015)
CVE/CAN name
Vendor threat level Important
SophosLabs threat level Medium
Solution MS12-051
Vendor description This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Office for Mac. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if a malicious executable is placed on an affected system by an attacker, and then another user logs on later and runs the malicious executable. An attacker must have valid logon credentials and be able to log on locally to exploit this vulnerability.
SophosLabs comments This vulnerability can be mitigated by removing write permissions from the following folders: /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/SharePointWebKitPlugin.webplugin/ /Library/Internet Plug-Ins/SharePointBrowserPlugin.plugin/ /Library/Fonts/Microsoft/ /Library/Automator/ /Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/
SophosLabs testing result No SophosLabs testing result found
Currently known exploits No currently known exploits found
First sample seen No samples found
Discovery date 10 Jul 2012
Affected software Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
References
Credits
  • MAPP
Revisions
  • July 10, 2012 - Initial analysis written

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