Microsoft OWC Spreadsheet component "=HOST()" formula could be used to execute arbitrary script through Internet Explorer

owc-spreadsheet-host-script-execution (8777) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Microsoft Office Web Components (OWC) could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary script on the vulnerable system. A remote attacker using the Spreadsheet component in OWC 2000 and 2002 could create a malicious Web page that uses the setTimeout method in the ""=HOST()" formula to alter the Document Object Model (DOM) and execute arbitrary script on a victim's system, if the Web page is visited using Microsoft Internet Explorer.


Gain Access


Apply the appropriate patch for your system, as listed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-044. See References.


Platforms Affected:

  • Microsoft BackOffice 2000
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000
  • Microsoft BizTalk Server 2002
  • Microsoft Commerce Server 2000
  • Microsoft Commerce Server 2002
  • Microsoft ISA Server 2000
  • Microsoft Money 2002
  • Microsoft Money 2003
  • Microsoft Office 2000
  • Microsoft Office XP
  • Microsoft Office Web Components 2000
  • Microsoft Office Web Components 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Project Server 2002
  • Microsoft Small Business Server 2000


Apr 08, 2002

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