Malicious XSL Files

Published: 2019-07-06
Last Updated: 2019-07-06 23:38:52 UTC
by Didier Stevens (Version: 1)
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In yesterday's diary entry "A 'Stream O' Maldoc", the payload was an XSL/XSLT file.

Now, malicious XSL files will not execute just by double-clicking them. On a default Windows install, Internet Explorer will be lanched to display the content of the file as XML:

But in this case, the malicious Word document contains VBA code that will launch a WMIC query with the XSL file as stylesheet:

This results in the execution of the code inside the XSL file, as discovered and reported by subTee/Casey Smith last year.


Didier Stevens
Senior handler
Microsoft MVP

Keywords: maldoc wmic xsl
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