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OpenOffice Confirms Buffer Overflow Flaw

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The OpenOffice.org community on Tuesday confirmed the existence of a potentially serious heap-overflow vulnerability in its freely distributed office productivity suite.

The flaw affects OpenOffice Version 1.1.4 and prior and OpenOffice Version 2.0-dev and prior and could put users at risk of code execution attacks.

OpenOffice.org community manager Louis Suarez-Potts confirmed that the vulnerability was discovered in the "StgCompObjStream::Load()" function and occurs when handling a specially crafted ".doc" file.

This could potentially be exploited by attackers to compromise a vulnerable system by convincing a user to open a malicious document with an unpatched application.

"We learned of this March 31 and will be working on it immediately. A patch is ready but it is still going through [quality assurance] testing," Suarez-Potts told eWEEK.com. The update is expected to be available for general download within two days.

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