Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-022 - Critical
Patch Available for "XLM Text Macro" Vulnerability
Published: April 03, 2000
Originally Posted: April 03, 2000
Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft® Excel. The vulnerability could allow a macro to run without generating the expected security warning.
Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-022.mspx.
When an Excel user starts a macro that resides outside of the current spreadsheet (for example, in another spreadsheet), Excel by design will generate a warning dialogue. However, this dialogue is not generated if the macro consists of Excel 4.0 Macro Language (XLM) commands in an external text file.
The vulnerability only affects whether a warning dialogue is displayed - it does not change any other aspects of the macro's operation. A malicious user would need to entice a user into accepting the spreadsheet and opening it. Further, there is no means to "autolaunch" such a macro, so the malicious user would need to entice the user into clicking a link into to launch the macro.
Affected Software Versions
- Microsoft Excel 97
- Microsoft Excel 2000
Note: Excel ships as a stand-alone product, and also as a member of the Office family.
Note: Previous versions of Excel may be affected by this vulnerability. The recommended course of action for customers using these products is to upgrade to either Excel 97 or 2000, and apply the patch for them.
Vulnerability Identifier: CVE-2000-0277
- Excel 97:
Note: This patch requires Office 97 Service Release 2
- Excel 2000:
This vulnerability is eliminated in Office Service Release 1, which is available at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=AF6C8D03-7633-45B4-AB96-795EE656F2A2&displaylang=EN
Note: Additional security patches are available at the Microsoft Download Center
Please see the following references for more information related to this issue.
- Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-022: Frequently Asked Questions, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-022.mspx
- Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article 255605 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;255605
- Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article 255606 http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;255606
- Microsoft TechNet Security web site, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/default.mspx.
Obtaining Support on this Issue
This is a fully supported patch. Information on contacting Microsoft Technical Support is available at http://support.microsoft.com/contactussupport/?ws=support.
Microsoft thanks Darryl Higa for reporting this issue to us and working with us to protect customers.
April 03, 2000: Bulletin Created.
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