CVE Vulnerabilities

CVE-2008-4019

Integer Overflow or Wraparound

Published: Oct 15, 2008 | Modified: Feb 09, 2022
CVSS 3.x
N/A
Source:
NVD
CVSS 2.x
9.3 HIGH
AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C
RedHat/V2
RedHat/V3
Ubuntu

Integer overflow in the REPT function in Microsoft Excel 2000 SP3, 2002 SP3, 2003 SP2 and SP3, and 2007 Gold and SP1; Office Excel Viewer 2003 SP3; Office Excel Viewer; Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Gold and SP1; Office SharePoint Server 2007 Gold and SP1; Office 2004 and 2008 for Mac; and Open XML File Format Converter for Mac allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via an Excel file containing a formula within a cell, aka Formula Parsing Vulnerability.

Weakness

The software performs a calculation that can produce an integer overflow or wraparound, when the logic assumes that the resulting value will always be larger than the original value. This can introduce other weaknesses when the calculation is used for resource management or execution control.

Affected Software

Name Vendor Start Version End Version
Excel Microsoft 2003 2003
Excel Microsoft 2003 2003
Excel Microsoft 2007 2007
Excel Microsoft 2007 2007
Excel_viewer Microsoft - -
Excel_viewer Microsoft 2003 2003
Excel_viewer Microsoft 2003 2003
Office Microsoft 2004 2004
Office Microsoft 2008 2008
Office_compatibility_pack Microsoft 2007 2007
Office_compatibility_pack Microsoft 2007 2007
Open_xml_file_format_converter Microsoft - -
Sharepoint_server Microsoft 2007 2007
Sharepoint_server Microsoft 2007 2007
Sharepoint_server Microsoft 2007 2007
Sharepoint_server Microsoft 2007 2007

Potential Mitigations

  • Use a language that does not allow this weakness to occur or provides constructs that make this weakness easier to avoid.
  • If possible, choose a language or compiler that performs automatic bounds checking.
  • Use a vetted library or framework that does not allow this weakness to occur or provides constructs that make this weakness easier to avoid.
  • Use libraries or frameworks that make it easier to handle numbers without unexpected consequences.
  • Examples include safe integer handling packages such as SafeInt (C++) or IntegerLib (C or C++). [REF-106]
  • Perform input validation on any numeric input by ensuring that it is within the expected range. Enforce that the input meets both the minimum and maximum requirements for the expected range.
  • Use unsigned integers where possible. This makes it easier to perform validation for integer overflows. When signed integers are required, ensure that the range check includes minimum values as well as maximum values.
  • Understand the programming language’s underlying representation and how it interacts with numeric calculation (CWE-681). Pay close attention to byte size discrepancies, precision, signed/unsigned distinctions, truncation, conversion and casting between types, “not-a-number” calculations, and how the language handles numbers that are too large or too small for its underlying representation. [REF-7]
  • Also be careful to account for 32-bit, 64-bit, and other potential differences that may affect the numeric representation.

References