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||MS Word and MS Access vulnerability
||9th August 2000
Georgi Guninski security advisory #17, 2000
MS Word and MS Access vulnerability - executing arbitrary programs, may
be exploited by IE/Outlook
Systems affected: MS Word and MS Access 2000 (with or without Service
IE and Outlook may be also used, but are not needed / Windows 98 -
almost sure other versions, have not tested
Date: 7 August 2000
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MS Word and MS Access 2000 (with or without Service Release 1a) allow
executing arbitrary programs if a Word document is opened.
This may be exploited also by visiting a web page with IE or
opening/previewing HTML email message with Outlook.
In order this to work, the user must be able to access a mdb file, which
resides either on an UNC share or a local drive.
This allows taking full control over user's computer.
The problem is MS Word accepts an Access database as a data source in
Worse, Word opens the database and executes VBA in forms that are opened
at database startup.
VBA allows executing arbitrary programs.
How to reproduce:
1) Create a db4.mdb file which opens a form at database startup and
executes VBA code in the form.
2) Place a copy of db4.mdb in C:\ (for example), you may place it on a
3) Open a Word document.
4) Select Tools->Mail Merge->Create->Mailing Labels->New Main Document
5) Select GetData->Open Data Source
6) Choose C:\db4.mdb
7) The rest of the wizard is trivial, you must save the new document.
Sample files are available:
Note: This is completely different issue from "Georgi Guninski security
advisory #14, 2000"
"IE 5 and Access 2000 vulnerability - executing programs", which needs
IE and ActiveX, while the current bug is in Word/Access.
-----------in Form1 of db4.mdb---------------------
Private Sub Form_Load()
On Error GoTo Err_Command0_Click
Dim stAppName As String
stAppName = "C:\Program Files\Accessories\wordpad.exe"
MsgBox ("Trying to start: " & stAppName)
Call Shell(stAppName, 1)
Form1 is automatically opened at database startup.
You must have a table in the database.