Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-091 - Important

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Publisher Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2607702)

Published:

Version: 1.0

General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and three privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Publisher file. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities 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 supported editions of Microsoft Publisher 2003 and Microsoft Publisher 2007. 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 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 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. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2607702 documents the currently known issues that customers may experience when installing this security update. The article also documents recommended solutions for these issues. When currently known issues and recommended solutions pertain only to specific releases of this software, this article provides links to further articles.

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 

Microsoft Office Suite and Other SoftwareComponentMaximum Security ImpactAggregate Severity RatingBulletins Replaced by this Update
Microsoft Office 2003 Service Pack 3Microsoft Publisher 2003 Service Pack 3
(KB2553084)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantMS10-103
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2 Microsoft Publisher 2007 Service Pack 2
(KB2596705)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantMS10-103
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 3Microsoft Publisher 2007 Service Pack 3
(KB2596705)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantNone

Non-Affected Software 

Office and Other Software
Microsoft Publisher 2010 and Microsoft Publisher 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)
Microsoft Publisher 2010 and Microsoft Publisher 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This Security Update

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

Publisher Function Pointer Overwrite Vulnerability - CVE-2011-1508

Publisher Out-of-bounds Array Index Vulnerablility - CVE-2011-3410

Publisher Invalid Pointer Vulnerability - CVE-2011-3411

Publisher Memory Corruption Vulnerability - CVE-2011-3412

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:

  • Will Dormann of the CERT/CC for reporting the Publisher Out-of-bounds Array Index Vulnerablility (CVE-2011-3410)
  • Will Dormann of the CERT/CC for reporting the Publisher Invalid Pointer Vulnerability (CVE-2011-3411)
  • Will Dormann of the CERT/CC for reporting the Publisher Memory Corruption Vulnerability (CVE-2011-3412)

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 Web sites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.

Support

  • Customers in the U.S. and Canada can receive technical support from Security Support or 1-866-PCSAFETY (1-866-727-2338). There is no charge for support calls that are associated with security updates. For more information about available support options, see Microsoft Help and Support.
  • International customers can receive support from their local Microsoft subsidiaries. There is no charge for support that is associated with security updates. For more information about how to contact Microsoft for support issues, visit the International Support Web site.

Disclaimer

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Revisions

  • V1.0 (December 13, 2011): Bulletin published.