Check Point Advisories

Microsoft Office Publisher Invalid Memory Reference (MS08-012; CVE-2008-0102)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2008-256
Date Published: 21 Feb 2010
Severity: High
Last Updated: 26 Nov 2017
Industry Reference:CVE-2008-0102
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R76, R75

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description Microsoft Publisher is an application that allows users to design, layout, and format documents destined to be published in print, on the web, and various other formats. The main use of the application is in publishing brochures, advertisements, and other documents that require a greater degree of control over the layout of page elements. Some versions of Microsoft Publisher are included with Microsoft Office, while others are installed separately. The file extension used by Microsoft Publisher files is ".pub".There exists a memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Office Publisher. The vulnerability is due to improper handling of user-supplied data without sufficient validation. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability by enticing the target user to open a crafted PUB file, potentially causing memory corruption and arbitrary code to be injected and executed in the security context of the current user.An attack targeting this vulnerability can result in code execution. If code execution is successful, the behavior of the target will depend on the intention of the attacker. Any code injected will be executed within the security context of the currently logged in user.In the case of an unsuccessful code execution attack, Publisher will terminate, resulting in the loss of any unsaved data from the current session.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

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

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Office Publisher Invalid Memory Reference (MS08-012) 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 Office Publisher Invalid Memory Reference (MS08-012)

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