USN-949-1: OpenOffice.org vulnerability

8 June 2010

openoffice.org vulnerability

A security issue affects these releases of Ubuntu and its derivatives:

  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
  • Ubuntu 9.10
  • Ubuntu 9.04
  • Ubuntu 8.04 LTS

Summary

OpenOffice.org could be made to run programs as your login if it opened a specially crafted document and examined the included macros.

Software Description

  • openoffice.org - full-featured office productivity suite

Details

Marc Schoenefeld discovered that OpenOffice.org would run document macros from the macro browser, even when macros were disabled. If a user were tricked into opening a specially crafted document and examining a macro, a remote attacker could execute arbitrary code with user privileges.

Update instructions

The problem can be corrected by updating your system to the following package versions:

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
openoffice.org-base-core - 1:3.2.0-7ubuntu4.1
Ubuntu 9.10
openoffice.org-base-core - 1:3.1.1-5ubuntu1.2
Ubuntu 9.04
openoffice.org-base-core - 1:3.0.1-9ubuntu3.3
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
openoffice.org-base-core - 1:2.4.1-1ubuntu2.4

To update your system, please follow these instructions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades.

After a standard system update you need to restart OpenOffice.org to make all the necessary changes.

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