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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
Apache OpenOffice -- Unrestricted actions leads to arbitrary
code execution in crafted documents
13 November 2020
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Apache OpenOffice
Operating System: FreeBSD
UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote with User Interaction
CVE Names: CVE-2020-13958
Comment: This advisory references vulnerabilities in products which run on
platforms other than FreeBSD. It is recommended that administrators
running Apache OpenOffice check for an updated version of the
software for their operating system.
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FreeBSD VuXML: Documenting security issues in FreeBSD and the FreeBSD Ports
Apache OpenOffice -- Unrestricted actions leads to arbitrary code execution in
apache-openoffice < 4.1.8
apache-openoffice-devel < 4.2.1602022694,4
VuXML ID 4f15ca7b-23ae-11eb-9f59-1c1b0d9ea7e6
The Apache Openofffice project reports:
CVE-2020-13958 Unrestricted actions leads to arbitrary code execution in
A vulnerability in Apache OpenOffice scripting events allows an attacker to
construct documents containing hyperlinks pointing to an executable on the
target users file system. These hyperlinks can be triggered
unconditionally. In fixed versions no internal protocol may be called from
the document event handler and other hyperlinks require a control-click.
There are no known exploits of this vulnerability.
A proof-of-concept demonstration exists.
Thanks to the reporter for discovering this issue.
The Apache OpenOffice Security Team would like to thank Imre Rad for
discovering and reporting this attack vector.
CVE Name CVE-2020-13958
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