Security Updates for Microsoft Excel Products (November 2018)

high Nessus Plugin ID 118921
New! Plugin Severity Now Using CVSS v3

The calculated severity for Plugins has been updated to use CVSS v3 by default. Plugins that do not have a CVSS v3 score will fall back to CVSS v2 for calculating severity. Severity display preferences can be toggled in the settings dropdown.

Synopsis

The Microsoft Excel Products are affected by multiple vulnerabilities.

Description

The Microsoft Excel Products are missing security updates.
It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities :

- A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Microsoft Excel software when the software fails to properly handle objects in memory. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could run arbitrary code in the context of the current user. If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker could take control of the affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. (CVE-2018-8574, CVE-2018-8577)

Solution

Microsoft has released the following security updates to address this issue:
-KB4461503
-KB4461530
-KB4461488

See Also

http://www.nessus.org/u?2b3e24cf

http://www.nessus.org/u?f950ac95

http://www.nessus.org/u?cd8a99fc

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 118921

File Name: smb_nt_ms18_nov_excel.nasl

Version: 1.7

Type: local

Agent: windows

Published: 11/13/2018

Updated: 11/1/2019

Dependencies: office_installed.nasl, microsoft_office_compatibility_pack_installed.nbin, smb_hotfixes.nasl, ms_bulletin_checks_possible.nasl

Risk Information

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2018-8574

VPR

Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 5.9

CVSS v2

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

Vector: AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

CVSS v3

Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 7.8

Temporal Score: 6.8

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:L/AC:L/PR:N/UI:R/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:microsoft:excel

Required KB Items: SMB/MS_Bulletin_Checks/Possible

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 11/13/2018

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/13/2018

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2018-8574, CVE-2018-8577

BID: 105833, 105834

MSKB: 4461503, 4461530, 4461488

MSFT: MS18-4461503, MS18-4461530, MS18-4461488