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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-042 - Important

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2830397)


Version: 1.0

General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves eleven privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user open a specially crafted Publisher file with an affected version of Microsoft Publisher. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities 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 supported editions of Microsoft Publisher 2003, Microsoft Publisher 2007, and Microsoft Publisher 2010. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting how Microsoft Publisher parses specially crafted Publisher 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, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 294871.

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.

Knowledge Base Article

Knowledge Base Article2830397
File informationYes
SHA1/SHA2 hashesYes
Known issuesYes

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, see Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Affected Software

Microsoft Office

Microsoft Office Suite and Other SoftwareComponentMaximum Security ImpactAggregate Severity RatingUpdates Replaced
Microsoft Office Suites and Components
Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3Microsoft Publisher 2003 Service Pack 3
Remote Code ExecutionImportant2553084 in MS11-091
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3Microsoft Publisher 2007 Service Pack 3
Remote Code ExecutionImportant2596705 in MS11-091
Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)Microsoft Publisher 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantNone
Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)Microsoft Publisher 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantNone

Non-Affected Software 

Office and Other Software
Microsoft Publisher 2013 (32-bit editions)
Microsoft Publisher 2013 (64-bit editions)

Update FAQ

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

Multiple Microsoft Publisher Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities

Update Information

Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance

Security Update Deployment

Other Information


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

  • Will Dormann of the CERT/CC for working with us on multiple Microsoft Publisher Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (CVE-2013-1316, CVE-2013-1317, CVE-2013-1318, CVE-2013-1319, CVE-2013-1320, CVE-2013-1321, CVE-2013-1322, CVE-2013-1323, CVE-2013-1327, CVE-2013-1328, and CVE-2013-1329)

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.


How to obtain help and support for this security update


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  • V1.0 (May 14, 2013): Bulletin published.