Microsoft OWC Spreadsheet component "LoadText" method could be used to read arbitrary files through Internet Explorer

owc-spreadsheet-loadtext-read-files (8778) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Microsoft Office Web Components (OWC) could allow a remote attacker to read files on a victim's computer. A remote attacker could create a Web page containing malicious JavaScript that uses the "LoadText" method to retrieve the contents of a referenced file on a victim's system and load the file's contents into the spreadsheet, if the Web page is visited using Microsoft Internet Explorer.


Obtain Information


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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