Security Advisory

Microsoft Security Advisory 960906

Vulnerability in WordPad Text Converter Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Published: December 09, 2008 | Updated: April 14, 2009

Version: 2.0

Microsoft has completed the investigation into a public report of this vulnerability. We have issued MS09-010 to address this issue. For more information about this issue, including download links for an available security update, please review MS09-010. The vulnerability addressed is the WordPad Word 97 Text Converter Stack Overflow Vulnerability - CVE-2008-4841.



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  • V1.0 (December 9, 2008): Advisory published.
  • V1.1 (December 15, 2008): Advisory updated to correct the workaround, Disable the WordPad Text Converter for Word 97.
  • V2.0 (April 14, 2009): Advisory updated to reflect publication of security bulletin.

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