The Word processor in OpenOffice.org 1.1.2 through 1.1.5 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) and possibly execute arbitrary code via a crafted (1) .doc, (2) .wri, or (3) .rtf Word 97 file that triggers memory corruption, as exploited in the wild in December 2008, as demonstrated by 2008-crash.doc.rar, and a similar issue to CVE-2008-4841.
CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
Impact Subscore: 10.0
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6
CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector: Network exploitable; Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity: Medium
Authentication: Not required to exploit
Impact Type: Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows unauthorized modification; Allows disruption of service
Official Statement from Red Hat (01/23/2009)
This issue can only result in an OpenOffice.org crash, not allowing arbitrary code execution. Red Hat does not consider a crash of a client application such as OpenOffice.org to be a security issue.
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[oss-security] 20090121 CVE Request -- openoffice.org (CVE-2008-4841)