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Santa Clara, CA, United States, 2011/06/16 - Vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation could allow remote code execution - PaloAltoNetworks.com. NYSE: PANW
Palo Alto Networks™, the network security company, today announced that its Threat Research Team has discovered a vulnerability in this month's Microsoft Patch Tuesday security bulletin affecting Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user visits a Website containing a specially crafted Windows Metafile (WMF) image. Microsoft credited Palo Alto Networks' Threat Research Team with finding CVE-2011-0658 (OLE Automation Underflow Vulnerability), which is categorized as critical.
More about CVE-2011-0658
A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the logged-on user. If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take complete control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
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