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Microsoft Visual Studio Add-In Insecure Library Loading (MS12-021; CVE-2012-0008)


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-085
Date Published:
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-021
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2012-0008
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R70
  • R71
  • R75
Who is Vulnerable?
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010
Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1
Vulnerability Description
An elevation of privilege vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Visual Studio.
Update/Patch Available
Apply patches from: MS12-021
Vulnerability Details
The vulnerability is due to an error in the way Visual Studio loads Add-ins from insecure file locations. An attacker may exploit this issue by placing a specially crafted Add-In and DLL file in the path used by Visual Studio. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code with elevated privileges.

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block attempts to transfer specially crafted DLL and Add-in files over SMB.

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 Visual Studio Add-In Insecure Library Loading (MS12-021) 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: Windows SMB Protection Violation
Attack Information: Microsoft Visual Studio Add-In insecure library loading (MS12-021)