MS12-059: Vulnerability in Microsoft Visio Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2733918)

The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Visio file.

Published: Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Version: 1.0


General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Visio file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability 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.

This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Microsoft Visio 2010 and Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting the way that Microsoft Office Visio validates data when parsing specially crafted Visio files. For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.

Recommendation. Customers can configure automatic updating to check online for updates from Microsoft Update by using the Microsoft Update service. Customers who have automatic updating enabled and configured to check online for updates from Microsoft Update typically will not need to take any action because this security update will be downloaded and installed automatically. Customers who have not enabled automatic updating need to check for updates from Microsoft Update and install this update manually. For information about specific configuration options in automatic updating in supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 294871. For information about automatic updating in supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2, see Understanding Windows automatic updating.

For administrators and enterprise installations, or end users who want to install this security update manually, Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update at the earliest opportunity using update management software, or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service.

See also the section, Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance, later in this bulletin.

Known Issues. None
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Affected and Non-Affected Software

The following software have been tested to determine which versions or editions are affected. Other versions or editions are either past their support life cycle or are not affected. To determine the support life cycle for your software version or edition, visit Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Affected Software








Office Software

Maximum Security Impact

Aggregate Severity Rating

Updates Replaced




Microsoft Visio 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)
(KB2597171)

Remote Code Execution

Important

KB2553374 in MS11-089 replaced by KB2597171[1]



Microsoft Visio 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)
(KB2597171)

Remote Code Execution

Important

KB2553374 in MS11-089 replaced by KB2597171[1]



Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit Edition)
(KB2598287)

Remote Code Execution

Important

KB2597981 in MS12-031 replaced by KB2598287



Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition)
(KB2598287)

Remote Code Execution

Important

KB2597981 in MS12-031 replaced by KB2598287


[1]The Microsoft Office update, MS11-089, applied to systems running Microsoft Visio 2010 even though this software was listed as non-affected in the MS11-089 bulletin.

Non-Affected Software





Office and Other Software




Microsoft Visio 2003 Service Pack 3



Microsoft Visio 2007 Service Pack 2 and Microsoft Visio 2007 Service Pack 3

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Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers
























































Visio DXF File Format Buffer Overflow Vulnerability - CVE-2012-1888





















































Update Information

Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance











































































































































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Other Information

Acknowledgments

Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:
Alexander Gavrun, working with TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative, for reporting the Visio DXF File Format Buffer Overflow Vulnerability (CVE-2012-1888)
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Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP)

To improve security protections for customers, Microsoft provides vulnerability information to major security software providers in advance of each monthly security update release. Security software providers can then use this vulnerability information to provide updated protections to customers via their security software or devices, such as antivirus, network-based intrusion detection systems, or host-based intrusion prevention systems. To determine whether active protections are available from security software providers, please visit the active protections websites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.
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Support

How to obtain help and support for this security update
Help installing updates: Support for Microsoft Update
Security solutions for IT professionals: TechNet Security Troubleshooting and Support
Help protect your computer that is running Windows from viruses and malware: Virus Solution and Security Center
Local support according to your country: International Support
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Disclaimer

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Revisions
V1.0 (August 14, 2012): Bulletin published.
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