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  1. Berton's Avatar
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       18 Oct 2016 #1

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    Apache OpenOffice Advisory

    Title: Windows Installer Execution of Arbitrary Code with Elevated Privileges

    Version 1.0
    Announced October 11, 2016


    The Apache OpenOffice installer for Windows contained a defective
    operation that allows execution of arbitrary code with elevated

    The location in which the installer is run may have been previously
    poisoned by a file that impersonates a dynamio-link library that
    the installer depends upon. The counterfeit is operated instead
    because of a search-path defect in the installer. The counterfeit
    will be operated under the administrative privileges of the OpenOffice
    installer, compromising the user's PC.

    Severity: Medium

    There are no known exploits of this vulnerability.
    Proof-of-concept demonstrations exist.

    Vendor: The Apache Software Foundation

    Versions Affected:

    All Apache OpenOffice versions 4.1.2 and older
    are affected. versions are also


    Install Apache OpenOffice 4.1.3 for the latest maintenance and
    cumulative security fixes. Use <>.

    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 vulnerability.

    When executing .exe installers, ensure that the installer
    is in a file folder that has no files but the installer
    .exe file.

    If an installer proposes a folder to extract the setup
    files into before the actual install, choose the name of
    a folder that is not in use. Delete such a folder of setup
    files after the installation completes successfully. To
    reinstall without downloading again, preserve the installer
    .exe on private removable storage.

    Further Information:

    For additional information and assistance, consult the Apache
    OpenOffice Community Forums, <> or
    make requests to the <> 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-2016-6804 by Stefan Kanthak and by Himanshu Mehta.

    Version: GnuPG v2

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  2.    18 Oct 2016 #2

    I believe they have stopped developing OpenOffice now. You should switch to LibreOffice which is a fork of the original OpenOffice and better IMO.
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  3. Berton's Avatar
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       18 Oct 2016 #3

    swarfega said: View Post
    I believe they have stopped developing OpenOffice now. You should switch to LibreOffice which is a fork of the original OpenOffice and better IMO.
    Agreed, been using LibreOffice for several years now.
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