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Microsoft Visio Viewer VSD File Attributes Validation Error (MS12-031; CVE-2012-0018)

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Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-261
Date Published:
Severity:
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-031
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2012-0018
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R75
  • R71
  • R70
IPS-1
  • IPS-1
  • IPS-1 NGX R65
Who is Vulnerable?
Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010
Vulnerability Description
A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Visio.
Update/Patch Available
Apply patches from: MS12-031
Vulnerability Details
The vulnerability is due to an error in the way Visio Viewer handles memory when parsing specially crafted Visio files. A remote attacker may exploit this vulnerability by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted Visio file with an affected version of Visio Viewer. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.

Protection Overview
IPS will detect and block the transferring of malformed Visio 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.

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 Visio Viewer VSD File Attributes Validation Error (MS12-031) 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 Visio Viewer VSD File Attributes Validation Error (MS12-031)

IPS-1 NGX R65 & IPS-1

How Can I Protect My Network?

  1. In the IPS-1 Policy Manager, click on the Protection tab.
  2. In the Protection tree, click Application Intelligence > Badfiles , and select the Microsoft Office Parser protection group.
  3. Click "Microsoft Visio Viewer VSD File Attributes Validation Error (MS12-031)".
  4. In the configuration pane, under Settings, check Active.
  5. Click on Install Policy.

How Do I Know if My Network is Under Attack?
Upon attack, the following entries will be logged:

Alert Name: Vulnerability in MS-Office file.
Description: Microsoft Visio Viewer VSD File Attributes Validation Error (MS12-031).