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computer vulnerability bulletin CVE-2012-1661

ESRI ArcGIS: macro execution via MXD

Synthesis of the vulnerability

An attacker can invite the victim to open a malicious MXD file with ArcGIS, in order to execute a Visual Basic macro on his computer.
Vulnerable systems: ArcGIS ArcView, ArcGIS for Desktop.
Severity of this threat: 3/4.
Consequences of an attack: user access/rights.
Pirate's origin: document.
Creation date: 14/06/2012.
Références of this weakness: 40384, BID-53988, CVE-2012-1661, VIGILANCE-VUL-11708.

Description of the vulnerability

The ArcMap (ArcGIS for Desktop) software creates geographic files with the extension MXD.

These files can contain Visual Basic macros. However, when a document is opened, and if VBA was installed, these macros are executed without asking the user.

An attacker can therefore invite the victim to open a malicious MXD file with ArcGIS, in order to execute a Visual Basic macro on his computer.
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