Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-023 - Critical

Vulnerability in Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2801261)

Published: | Updated:

Version: 1.3

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 the 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 Critical for all supported editions of Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way that Microsoft Visio Viewer allocates memory 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 immediately 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.

Knowledge Base Article

Knowledge Base Article 2801261
File informationYes
SHA1/SHA2 hashesYes
Known issuesNone

 

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 SoftwareMaximum Security ImpactAggregate Severity RatingUpdates Replaced
Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit Edition) 
(2687505)
Remote Code ExecutionCritical2598287 in MS12-059
Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit Edition) 
(2687505)
Remote Code ExecutionCritical2598287 in MS12-059
Microsoft Visio 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions) 
(2760762)
NoneNo severity rating[1]2687508 in MS12-059
Microsoft Visio 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions) 
(2760762)
NoneNo severity rating[1]2687508 in MS12-059
Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack Service Pack 1 (32-bit version) 
(2553501)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone
Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack Service Pack 1 (64-bit version) 
(2553501)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone

[1]Severity ratings do not apply to this update for the specified software because the known attack vectors for the vulnerability are blocked.

Non-Affected Software 

Office and Other Software
Microsoft Visio 2003 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Visio 2007 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Visio 2013 (32-bit editions)
Microsoft Visio 2013 (64-bit editions)
Microsoft Visio Viewer 2013 (32-bit Edition)
Microsoft Visio Viewer 2013 (64-bit Edition)

Update FAQ

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

Visio Viewer Tree Object Type Confusion Vulnerability - CVE-2013-0079

Update Information

Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance

Security Update Deployment

Other Information

Acknowledgments

Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:

  • Aniway.Anyway@gmail.com, working with VeriSign iDefense Labs, for reporting the Visio Viewer Tree Object Type Confusion Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0079)
  • Will Dormann of the CERT/CC for reporting the Visio Viewer Tree Object Type Confusion Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0079)

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 go to the active protections websites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.

Support

How to obtain help and support for this security update

Disclaimer

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Revisions

  • V1.0 (March 12, 2013): Bulletin published.
  • V1.1 (March 15, 2013): Clarified language in the vulnerability FAQ, How could an attacker exploit the vulnerability?
  • V1.2 (September 18, 2013): Corrected language in the vulnerability FAQ, How could an attacker exploit the vulnerability? This is an informational change only.
  • V1.3 (September 25, 2013): Corrected the severity rating and impact for the Microsoft Office 2010 Filter Pack update (2553501). Customers who have already successfully applied this update do not need to take any action. Customers running the affected software who have not applied this update may need to re-evaluate whether or not to apply the update based on these changes. See Update FAQ for details.