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MS08-014

Threat LevelLow threatDamageHighDistributionNot widespread
Common name:MS08-014
Technical name:MS08-014
Threat level:Medium
Alias:Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel, Vulnerabilidades en Microsoft Excel
Type:Vulnerability
Effects:  

It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in several versions of Excel, which allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user.

Affected platforms:

Other

First detected on:March 12, 2008
Detection updated on:March 12, 2008
StatisticsNo

Brief Description 

    

MS08-014 is not categorized as virus, worm, Trojan or backdoor. It is a group of critical vulnerabilities in several versions of Excel, which allows arbitrary code to be remotely executed in the vulnerable computer.

Affected versions are:

  • Excel 2007.
  • Excel 2003 Service Pack 2.
  • Excel 2002 Service Pack 3.
  • Excel 2000 Service Pack 3.
  • Excel Viewer 2003.
  • Office 2004 for Mac.
  • Office 2008 for Mac.
  • Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats.

 

If exploited successfully, MS08-014 allows hackers to gain remote control of the affected computer with the same privileges as the logged on user. If this user had administrator rights, the hacker could take complete control of the system: create, modify or delete files, install programs, create new user accounts, etc.

This vulnerability is usually exploited by creating a specially crafted Excel file that can be sent via email or hosted in a web page, and enticing users into opening it.

 

If you have any of the vulnerable versions mentioned above, it is recommended to download and apply the security patch for this vulnerability. Click here to access the web page for downloading the patch.

Additionally, bear in mind that this security bulletin replaces several previous bulletins depending on the Office versions, called MS08-013, MS07-044 and MS07-036.