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Microsoft Windows WinVerifyTrust PE Validation Security Bypass (MS13-098; CVE-2013-3900)


Check Point Reference: CPAI-2014-0753
Date Published:
Industry Reference(s): CVE-2013-3900
Protection Provided by: Security Gateway
  • R70
  • R71
  • R75
Who is Vulnerable?
Microsoft Windows 7
Microsoft Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8.1
Microsoft Windows RT
Microsoft Windows RT 8.1
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2008
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
Vulnerability Description
A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability is due to an error in the way the WinVerifyTrust function handles Windows Authenticode signature verification for portable executable (PE) files. A remote attacker could trigger this flaw by sending a specially crafted PE file. Successful exploitation would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target machine.

Protection Overview
This protection will detect and block attempts to open a malicious PE file.

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 WinVerifyTrust PE Validation Security Bypass (MS13-098) 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 WinVerifyTrust PE Validation Security Bypass (MS13-098)