Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-030 - Important
Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (969516)
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This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office Publisher that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Publisher file. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. 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 Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 Service Pack 1. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.
This update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way that Microsoft Office Publisher opens Publisher files. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.
Recommendation. Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update at the earliest opportunity.
Known Issues. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 969693 documents the currently known issues that customers may experience when installing this security update.
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.
|Office Suite||Component||Maximum Security Impact||Aggregate Severity Rating||Bulletins Replaced by this Update|
|2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 1||Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 Service Pack 1|
|Remote Code Execution||Important||MS08-027|
|Microsoft Office 2000 Service Pack 3||Microsoft Office Publisher 2000 Service Pack 3|
|Microsoft Office XP Service Pack 3||Microsoft Office Publisher 2002 Service Pack 3|
|Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3||Microsoft Office Publisher 2003 Service Pack 3|
|2007 Microsoft Office System Service Pack 2||Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 Service Pack 2|
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- V1.0 (July 14, 2009): Bulletin published.
- V1.1 (July 15, 2009): Added a link to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 969693 under Known Issues in the Executive Summary. Added information about additional security features included in this update to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This Security Update section. Corrected the update filename for Office Publisher 2007 (publisher2007-kb969693-fullfile-x86-glb) in the Security Update Deployment section. These are informational changes only. There were no changes made to the security update files in this bulletin.