MS13-073: Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2858300))

High Nessus Plugin ID 69833


It is possible to execute arbitrary code on the remote host through Microsoft Excel.


The remote Windows host is running a version of Microsoft Excel that is affected by the following vulnerabilities :

- Two memory corruption vulnerabilities exist due to the way the application handles objects in memory when parsing Office files. (CVE-2013-1315 / CVE-2013-3158)

- An information disclosure vulnerability exists due to the way the application parses XML files containing external entities. (CVE-2013-3159)

If an attacker can trick a user on the affected host into opening a specially crafted Excel file, it may be possible to leverage these issues to read arbitrary files on the target system or execute arbitrary code, subject to the user's privileges.


Microsoft has released a set of patches for Excel 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, Excel Viewer, and Office Compatibility Pack.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 69833

File Name: smb_nt_ms13-073.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.7 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Published: 2013/09/11

Modified: 2017/07/26

Dependencies: 57033, 27524, 13855

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:microsoft:excel, cpe:/a:microsoft:excel_viewer, cpe:/a:microsoft:office, cpe:/a:microsoft:office_compatibility_pack

Required KB Items: SMB/MS_Bulletin_Checks/Possible

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2013/09/10

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2013/09/10

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2013-1315, CVE-2013-3158, CVE-2013-3159

BID: 62167, 62219, 62225

OSVDB: 97131, 97134, 97135

MSFT: MS13-073

MSKB: 2858300, 2760583, 2760588, 2760590, 2760597, 2768017, 2810048

IAVA: 2013-A-0171