Bugtraq: CVE 2016-6803: Apache OpenOffice Unquoted Search Path Vulnerability


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Apache OpenOffice Advisory


Title: Windows Installer Can Enable Privileged Trojan Execution

Version 1.0

Announced October 11, 2016


The Apache OpenOffice installer for Windows contained a defective

operation that could trigger execution of unwanted software

installed by a Trojan Horse application. The installer defect

is known as an “unquoted Windows search path vulnerability.”

In the case of Apache OpenOffice installers for Windows, the PC must

have previously been infected by a Trojan Horse application (or user)

running with administrator privilege. Any installer with the unquoted

search path vulnerability becomes a delayed trigger for the exploit.

The exploit may already have operated on the user’s PC.

Severity: Medium

There are no known exploits of this vulnerability.

A proof-of-concept demonstration exists.

Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

Versions Affected:

All Apache OpenOffice versions 4.1.2 and older

are affected. Old OpenOffice.org versions are also



Install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 for the latest maintenance and

cumulative security fixes. Use <https://www.openoffice.org/download/>.

If instead of a typical installation you use a custom-installation

option to change the location where Apache OpenOffice is installed,

use a location that has no spaces in its full-path name.

Defenses and Work-Arounds:

If you are unable to update to 4.1.3, there are other

precautions that can be taken. These precautions are also

recommended as protection against other software that may

have the unquoted search path vulnerability.

Ensure that there are no programs installed at the

top-level folder (usually C:\) where Windows is installed.

All are dangerous, especially ones named “Program”, whether

“Program.exe” or some other variation.

If such programs are found, install or update to current

anti-virus/-malware software. Perform a complete system scan.

The scan may provide for removal of programs where there should

not be any. If that does not happen, it is necessary to remove

any Program.exe and others manually using administrator privilege.

Further Information:

For additional information and assistance, consult the Apache

OpenOffice Community Forums, <https://forum.openoffice.org/> or

make requests to the <mailto:users (at) openoffice.apache (dot) org [email concealed]> public

mailing list. Defects not involving suspected security

vulnerabilities can be reported via


The latest information on Apache OpenOffice security bulletins

can be found at the Bulletin Archive page



The Apache OpenOffice project acknowledges the reporting and

analysis for CVE-2016-6803 by Cyril Vallicari.


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Source: SecurityFocus Vulnerabilities @ November 28, 2016 at 03:00AM