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Microsoft Windows Common Controls Remote Code Execution (MS12-060; CVE-2012-1856)


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-347
Date Published:
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-060
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2012-1856
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R75
  • R71
  • R70
Who is Vulnerable?
Microsoft Office Suites and Components
Microsoft SQL Server
Microsoft Commerce Server
Microsoft Host Integration Server
Microsoft Visual FoxPro
Microsoft Visual Basic
Vulnerability Description
A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in the Windows common controls.
Update/Patch Available
Apply patches from: MS12-060
Vulnerability Details
The vulnerability is caused due to a corruption of the system state by the TabStrip ActiveX control. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted website. Successful exploitation would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the security context of the logged-on user.

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block the vulnerable ActiveX Control.

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 Common Controls Remote Code Execution (MS12-060) 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 Common Controls Remote Code Execution (MS12-060)