MS13-085 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2885080)

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Details
Vulnerability name/brief description MS13-085 - Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2885080)
CVE/CAN name
Vendor threat level Important
SophosLabs threat level Medium
Solution MS13-085
Vendor description This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Office file with an affected version of Microsoft Excel or other affected Microsoft Office software. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
SophosLabs comments These vulnerabilities can be mitigated by installing and using the Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment feature, or using the Microsoft Office File Block to prevent the opening of Excel binary files.
SophosLabs testing result No SophosLabs testing result found
Currently known exploits No currently known exploits found
First sample seen No samples found
Discovery date 08 Oct 2013
Affected software Microsoft Excel 2007 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Excel 2010 Service Packs 1 and 2 (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
Microsoft Office 2010 Service Packs 1 and 2 (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
Microsoft Excel 2013 (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
Microsoft Office 2013 (32-bit and 64-bit editions)
Microsoft Excel 2013 RT
Microsoft Office 2013 RT
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Microsoft Excel Viewer
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3

References
Credits
  • MAPP
Revisions
  • October 8, 2013 - Initial Revision Written

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