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Microsoft Windows OpenType Font Parsing Remote Code Execution (MS12-078; CVE-2012-2556)


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-1279
Date Published:
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-078
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2012-2556
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R70
  • R71
  • R75
Who is Vulnerable?
Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008
Windows 8
Windows Server 2012
Windows RT
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2012
Vulnerability Description
A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Windows.
Update/Patch Available
Apply patches from: MS12-078
Vulnerability Details
The vulnerability is due to an error in the way the OpenType Font (OTF) driver handles objects in memory. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted web page or email message. Successful exploitation would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

To configure the defense, select your product from the list below and follow the related protection steps.

Security Gateway R75 / R71 / R70

How Can I Protect My Network?

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Windows OpenType Font Parsing Remote Code Execution (MS12-078) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

How Do I Know if My Network is Under Attack?
SmartView Tracker will log the following entries:
Attack Name: Content Protection Violation
Attack Information: Microsoft Windows OpenType Font Parsing Remote Code Execution (MS12-078)