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Microsoft Office WPS Converter Heap Overflow (MS12-028; CVE-2012-0177)


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-128
Date Published:
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-028
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2012-0177
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R70
  • R71
  • R75
Who is Vulnerable?
Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 2
Microsoft Works 9
Microsoft Works 6–9 File Converter
Vulnerability Description
A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Office.
Update/Patch Available
Apply patches from: MS12-028
Vulnerability Details
The vulnerability is caused due to insufficient validation of .wps files by the Microsoft Works Converter. A remote attacker may exploit this vulnerability by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted file with an affected version of Microsoft Office. Successful exploitation would allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block the transferring of specially crafted WPS 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 Office WPS Converter Heap Overflow (MS12-028) 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 Office WPS converter heap overflow (MS12-028)