Severity Rating: Important
Revision Note: V1.2 (February 22, 2012): Clarified product support status for Microsoft Office Pinyin SimpleFast Style 2010 and Microsoft Office Pinyin New Experience Style 2010. These versions of Microsoft Office Pinyin are no longer supported. Microsoft recommends that all customers of these versions upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft Pinyin IME 2010 available through Microsoft Office 2010. See update FAQ for details.
Summary: This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Office IME (Chinese). The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if a logged-on user performed specific actions on a system where an affected version of the Microsoft Pinyin (MSPY) Input Method Editor (IME) for Simplified Chinese is installed. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run arbitrary code in kernel mode. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full administrative rights. Only implementations of Microsoft Pinyin IME 2010 are affected by this vulnerability. Other versions of Simplified Chinese IME and other implementations of IME are not affected.