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 Outlook rwz file memory corruption attempt

Rule Explanation

This event is generated when an attempt to cause a memory corruption in Outlook 2016 is detected Impact: High Details: A memory corruption vulnerability has been identified in Outlook 2016. This can be used to achieve RCE. Ease of Attack: Simple

What To Look For

Known Usage

No public information

False Positives

No known false positives


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Rule Vulnerability

CVE Additional Information

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Microsoft Outlook software when it fails to properly handle objects in memory, aka "Microsoft Outlook Remote Code Execution Vulnerability." This affects Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook. This CVE ID is unique from CVE-2018-8524, CVE-2018-8576, CVE-2018-8582.
Severity Base Score7.8
Impact Score5.9 Exploit Score1.8
Confidentiality ImpactHIGH Integrity ImpactHIGH
Availability ImpactHIGH Access Vector
Authentication Ease of Access