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Microsoft Windows TrueType Font Parsing Remote Code Execution (MS12-078; CVE-2012-4786)

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Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-1291
Date Published:
Severity:
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-078
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2012-4786
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R75
  • R71
  • R70
Who is Vulnerable?
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems
Windows Server 2012
Windows RT
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
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 Windows handles specially crafted TTF files. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted web page or an email attachment. Successful exploitation would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target machine.

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block attempts to transfer malicious TTF files over HTTP.

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 TrueType 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 TrueType Font Parsing Remote Code Execution (MS12-078)