Check Point Advisories

Preemptive Protection against Graphics Rendering Engine Vulnerability (MS06-026)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2006-063
Date Published: 13 Jun 2006
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: 15 May 2007
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-026
Industry Reference:CVE-2006-2372
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Who is Vulnerable? Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)
Vulnerability Description A vulnerability exists in the way Microsoft Windows handles specially crafted WMF files. WMF is an image format used in many Windows programs including Internet Explorer and Outlook. By persuading a user to open a specially crafted WMF image file, an attacker may be able to take complete control of an affected system.
Update/Patch AvaliableMicrosoft has provided a patch against this vulnerability: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS06-026.mspx.
Vulnerability DetailsA Windows Metafile (WMF) image is a 16-bit metafile format that can contain both vector information and bitmap information. This image format is optimized for the Windows operating system. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a malicious Web page or a specially crafted attachment in e-mail and then persuading the user to visit the page or open the attachment.

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