Check Point Advisories

Microsoft Publisher Object Handler Validation Code Execution (MS08-027; CVE-2008-0119)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2008-296
Date Published: 11 Jul 2010
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: 21 Dec 2016
Source: MS MS08-027
Industry Reference:CVE-2008-0119
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R76, R75

Who is Vulnerable? Microsoft Publisher 2000
Microsoft Publisher 2002
Microsoft Publisher 2003
Microsoft Publisher 2007
Microsoft Office 2000
Microsoft Office 2003
Microsoft Office XP
Microsoft Office Systems 2007
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. Microsoft Publisher is released as part of Microsoft Office as well as stand-alone application. Microsoft Publisher saves document with file extension ".pub" by default. There exists a memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Office Publisher. The vulnerability is due to lack of validation when processing user-supplied data. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability by enticing the target user to open a crafted PUB file, potentially allowing arbitrary code to be injected and executed in the security context of the current user. In case of an attack where code injection and execution is successful, the behavior of the target will depend on the intended purpose of the injected code. Any code injected will be executed within the security context of the currently logged in user. In case of an attack where code injection is not successful, Microsoft 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 Publisher Object Handler Validation Code Execution (MS08-027) 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 Publisher Object Handler Validation Code Execution (MS08-027)

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