Check Point Reference:CPAI-2012-194
Date Published: 8 May 2012
Severity: Critical
Last Updated:
Source: CVE-2012-0141
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R70

  • R71
  • R75

  • Who is Vulnerable? Microsoft Excel 2003 Service Pack 3
    Microsoft Excel 2007 Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Excel 2007 Service Pack 3
    Microsoft Excel 2010 (32-bit editions)
    Microsoft Excel 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)
    Microsoft Excel 2010 (64-bit editions)
    Microsoft Excel 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)
    Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
    Microsoft Excel Viewer
    Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Service Pack 2
    Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3
    Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Excel.
    Update/Patch AvaliableApply patches from here
    Vulnerability DetailsThe vulnerability is due to an error in the way Microsoft Excel handles memory when opening specially crafted Excel files. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted Excel file. Successful exploitation attempt would allow an attacker to take complete control of the target system.

    Protection Overview

    This protection will detect and block specially crafted Excel files.

    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.

    1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Excel File Format Code Execution (MS12-030) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
    2. Install policy on all modules.

    SmartView Tracker will log the following entries:
    Attack Name: Content Protection Violation
    Attack Information: Microsoft Excel File Format Code Execution (MS12-030)