Check Point Advisories

Microsoft Word RTF Object Parsing Remote Code Execution (MS08-072; CVE-2008-4027)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2008-186
Date Published: 17 Dec 2008
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: 13 Jan 2014
Industry Reference:CVE-2008-4027
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R76, R75, R71, R70

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description Microsoft Word is a popular word processing software.A remote code execution vulnerability has been identified in Microsoft Word.The vulnerability is due to a memory calculation error in Microsoft Word that fails to properly handle specially crafted control words in Rich Text Format (.rtf) files.A remote attacker could trigger this flaw by convincing a victim to open a specially crafted RTF file in Word.Successful exploitation of this issue may corrupt system memory allowing execution of arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block the transferring of malformed Word RTF 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 / R76 / R75 / R71 / R70

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Word RTF Object Parsing Remote Code Execution (MS08-072) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all modules.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Content Protection Violation.
Attack Information:  Microsoft Word RTF object parsing remote code execution (MS08-072)

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