Microsoft Excel CVE-2013-3890 Memory Corruption Vulnerability

Microsoft Excel is prone to a memory-corruption vulnerability. Attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged-in user. Failed attacks will cause denial-of-service conditions.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Excel 2007 SP3
  • Microsoft Excel Viewer
  • Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack SP3

Recommendations

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.

To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged 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.

To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

(Follow link for more information) 

http://www.symantec.com/security_response/vulnerability.jsp?bid=62824

(October 8, 2013)