Rule Category

FILE-OFFICE -- Snort detected traffic targeting vulnerabilities in files belonging to the Microsoft Office suite of software (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Access, Outlook, etc.).

Alert Message

FILE-OFFICE Microsoft Office Excel remote code execution attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when remote code execution is attempted in MS Excel by using UAF vulnerability Impact: Attempted User Privilege Gain Details: A use-after-free vulnerability exists when MS excel moves the content from Protected Mode to Compatibility Mode. If attacker can control the freed objects during transition; it could lead to remote code execution Ease of Attack:

What To Look For

Known Usage

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False Positives

No known false positives


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CVE Additional Information

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Microsoft Office software when the software fails to properly handle objects in memory, aka "Microsoft Office Remote Code Execution Vulnerability." This affects Microsoft Office. This CVE ID is unique from CVE-2018-1030.
Severity Base Score8.8
Impact Score5.9 Exploit Score2.8
Confidentiality ImpactHIGH Integrity ImpactHIGH
Availability ImpactHIGH Access Vector
Authentication Ease of Access