LibreOffice Vulnerable to Code Execution in URL Mouseover Preview Feature
Researcher Alex Inführ discovered that LibreOffice 6.1.0-184.108.40.206 is susceptible to a code injection attack if a user hovers their mouse over a malicious URL.
Researcher Alex Inführ disclosed a LibreOffice vulnerability (CVE-2018-16858) in versions 6.1.0-220.127.116.11 which shows that code injection is possible on both Linux and Windows versions when a user hovers their mouse over a malicious URL.
Update: Tenable Research was able to confirm that this vulnerability is also exploitable on macOS by editing the Proof of Concept (PoC) code.
While this vulnerability does require user interaction, an OpenDocument Text (ODT) file containing a malicious URL is not likely to be flagged by most corporate security defenses. There isn’t any malicious code or otherwise altered elements to the document. It wouldn’t be seen as malware, and the text can be changed to the same color as the document background to make it invisible to the average user.
Furthermore, when the vulnerability is exploited, it doesn’t generate a warning dialogue of any kind. As soon as the user hovers over the malicious URL, the code is executed immediately. The current Still (Stable) Branch of LibreOffice (6.0.7) is not susceptible to this vulnerability.
Below is the researcher’s Proof of Concept video demonstrating an invisible URL opening a command prompt on the vulnerable version:
LibreOffice addressed this vulnerability in release 18.104.22.168, and upgrading to that version or later should mitigate the vulnerability.
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- Libreoffice (CVE-2018-16858) - Remote Code Execution via Macro/Event execution
- Latest Versions of LibreOffice
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