Microsoft Word record parsing code execution

microsoft-word-record-code-execution (43663) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


Microsoft Word could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by a memory handling error that could occur when parsing specially-crafted record values in Word documents. By persuading a victim to open a malicious Word document, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to corrupt memory and cause the application to crash or possibly execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the victim.


Base Score: 9.3
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Complete
  Integrity Impact: Complete
  Availability Impact: Complete
Temporal Score: 6.9
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


Gain Access


Apply the appropriate patch for your system, as listed in the latest Microsoft Security Bulletin. See References.

— OR —

Use Microsoft Automatic Update if it is supported by your operating system. The original bulletin issued by Microsoft has been superseded.


Platforms Affected:

  • Microsoft Word 2002 SP3
  • Microsoft Word 2003 SP3
  • Microsoft Word 2003 SP2


Jul 08, 2008

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