A Vulnerability is a state in a computing system (or set of systems) which either (a) allows an attacker to execute commands as another user, (b) allows an attacker to access data that is contrary to the specified access restrictions for that data, (c) allows an attacker to pose as another entity, or (d) allows an attacker to conduct a denial of service.Advisories relating to Symantec products may be viewed here.

Microsoft Office Outlook CVE-2017-11774 Security Bypass Vulnerability

Date Discovered:
10 October 2017
Microsoft Office Outlook is prone to a security-bypass vulnerability because it fails to properly handle input. An attacker can leverage this issue to bypass certain security restrictions and execute arbitrary commands in the context of the affected application; this may aid in launching further attacks.
Technologies Affected
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 (32-bit editions) Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Outlook 2010 (64-bit editions) Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013 RT Service Pack 1
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Outlook 2013 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Outlook 2016 (32-bit editions)
  • Microsoft Outlook 2016 (64-bit editions)
  • Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
    To mitigate the impact of a successful exploit, run the affected application as a user with minimal access rights.
  • Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
    Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect malicious actions that an attacker may take after successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications. Review all applicable logs regularly.
  • Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
    Never accept files from untrusted or unknown sources, because they may be malicious in nature. Avoid opening email attachments from unknown or questionable sources.
  • Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
    Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as nonexecutable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploit attempts of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.
Etienne Stalmans of SensePost

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