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Microsoft Image Format Handling Vulnerabilities
Microsoft image handling vulnerabilities can be exploited by using malformed versions of the popular image file types GIF, WMF, EMF and BMP. Microsoft’s GDI+ fails to handle these maliciously-crafted image files. By persuading a user to open the file, an attacker can take complete control of an affected system. For information on how SmartDefence protects your network from these threats see Microsoft Image Format Handling Vulnerabilities.

Free SmartDefense 30 Day TrialApache Tomcat Directory Traversal Vulnerability (CVE-2008-2938)
This vulnerability allows a hacker to access normally-inaccessible files and directories through a specially-created HTTP request. For most Check Point products, SmartDefense has protected against this vulnerability since July 16, 2006. For more information, see CPAI-2008-134.

DNS Spoofing VideoMulti-Vendor DNS Spoofing
(CVE-2008-1447) This vulnerability continues to be a concern as attacks based on it have surfaced. This DNS cache poisoning technique exploits DNS requests that do not randomize source ports.The spoofing vulnerability has been reported in major DNS implementations, including Microsoft Windows DNS service and Berkeley Internet Name Domain (BIND). Check Point SmartDefense protections for DNS have been available since May 2004. We strongly encourage our customers to take the necessary steps to protect their network infrastructure. For more information, see DNS Vulnerability Spoofing Protection.
September 9, 2008

  • Microsoft Image Format Handling Vulnerabilities
  • Apache Tomcat Traversal Vulnerability
  • Multi-Vendor DNS Spoofing
  • Including Patch Tuesday
  • Controlling Remote Access

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» Highlighted SmartDefense Updates

This table lists SmartDefense protection updates for recently disclosed threats.  In some cases, SmartDefense protections against such threats or threat types have been available for some time, and the date listed is the date when the protection became available.

Severity Vulnerability Description SmartDefense Protection
Industry Reference SmartDefense Reference
CriticalCritical Microsoft GDI+ VML Buffer Overrun 
CriticalCritical Microsoft GDI+ EMF Memory Corruption
CriticalCritical Microsoft GDI+ GIF Parsing Vulnerability
CriticalCritical Microsoft GDI+ WMF Buffer Overrun
CriticalCritical Microsost GDI+ BMP Integer Overflow
CriticalCritical Windows Media Encoder Buffer Overrun  
CriticalCritical Windows Media Player Sampling Rate Vulnerability
CriticalCritical Microsoft Uniform Resource Locator Validation Error 
CriticalHigh Cisco Webex Meeting Manager Vulnerability
CriticalHigh Apache Tomcat  Directory Traversal 

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» How to Install SmartDefense Updates
SmartDefense Updates can be downloaded and configured on your Check Point products through the Check Point SmartCenter management interface.

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Best Practice: Controlling Remote Access
More security breaches occur by an attacker connecting to remote access servers inside a network than by any other means.* Because this access appears legitimate, you may not even realize that your security has been compromised. SmartDefense offers a number of protections against this attack vector, including:
  • Remote Administrator Authentication Enforcement
    This protection enforces the proper usage of the widely-used remote access application, Remote Administrator. This protection requires that any Remote Administrator session is authenticated via username and password.
  • Block VNC Authentication Bypass
    This protection guards against vulnerabilities in the popular remote access application Virtual Network Computing (VNC). With this protection you can configure SmartDefense to block unauthenticated negotiations between the VNC client and server. For more information about this protection, see CPAI-2006-071.
You can configure these Remote Control application protections in SmartDashboard:
  1. Click the SmartDefense tab.
  2. Click Application Intelligence > Remote Control Applications.
  3. Activate the protections
* Verizon 2008 Data Breach Investigations Report

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