A remote code execution vulnerability exists when Microsoft Publisher fails to utilize features that lock down the Local Machine zone when instantiating OLE objects. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could force arbitrary code to be executed in the Local Machine zone.

To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker could send a specially crafted Publisher document to a victim. The user would then need to open the document in Publisher to trigger the vulnerability.

This update addresses the vulnerability by ensuring that Publisher properly utilizes built-in OS functionality to lock down the Local Machine zone.

Exploitability Assessment

The following table provides an exploitability assessment for this vulnerability at the time of original publication.

Publicly Disclosed Exploited Latest Software Release Older Software Release Denial of Service
No No 4 - Not affected 2 - Exploitation Less Likely Not Applicable

Affected Products

The following software versions or editions are affected. Versions or editions that are not listed are either past their support life cycle or are not affected. To determine the support life cycle for your software version or edition, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Product Platform Article Download Impact Severity Supersedence
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Service Pack 2 (32-bit editions) 4011186 Security Update Remote Code Execution Important 3141537
Microsoft Publisher 2010 Service Pack 2 (64-bit editions) 4011186 Security Update Remote Code Execution Important 3141537


Microsoft has not identified any mitigating factors for this vulnerability.


Microsoft has not identified any workarounds for this vulnerability.


Eduardo Braun Prado working with iDefense Labs

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Version Date Description
1.0 06/12/2018 Information published.
1.1 06/15/2018 Corrected the CVE title and description to address the vulnerability as remote code execution. In the Affected Products table, corrected the Impact to Remote Code Execution. This is an informational change only.

Source: https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en.../CVE-2018-8245