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Microsoft Word Crafted SmartTag Record Code Execution (MS08-042; CVE-2008-2244)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2008-042
Date Published: 13 Jul 2008
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: Tuesday 25 February, 2014
Industry Reference:CVE-2008-2244
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R81, R80, R77, R75, R71, R70, R65

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description Microsoft Word is a popular word processing software. A remote code execution vulnerability has been identified in Microsoft Word. A remote attacker could exploit this issue via a malformed Word file. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability may allow execution of arbitrary code on a target system. The vulnerability is due to a memory corruption error in Microsoft Word that fails to properly handle specially crafted Word files that include malformed data.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block the transferring of malformed Word files over HTTP.

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, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / R75 / R71 / R70 / R65

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Word Crafted SmartTag Record Code Execution (MS08-042) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Content Protection Violation.
Attack Information:  Microsoft Word crafted SmartTag record code execution (MS08-042)

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