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Check Point Advisories

Microsoft Excel Record Structure Memory Corruption (MS12-030; CVE-2012-0143)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-195
Date Published: 8 May 2012
Severity: Critical
Last Updated:
Source: CVE-2012-0143
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway

  • R71
  • R75

  • Who is Vulnerable? Microsoft Excel 2003 Service Pack 3
    Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
    Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Excel.
    Update/Patch AvaliableApply patches from here
    Vulnerability DetailsThe vulnerability is due to an error in the way Microsoft Excel handles memory when opening specially crafted Excel files. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted Excel file. Successful exploitation attempt would allow an attacker to take complete control of the target system.

    Protection Overview

    This protection will detect and block specially crafted Excel files.

    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, Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

    Security Gateway R75 / R71 / R70

    1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Excel Record Structure Memory Corruption (MS12-030) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
    2. Install policy on all modules.

    SmartView Tracker will log the following entries:
    Attack Name: Content Protection Violation
    Attack Information: Microsoft Excel Record Structure Memory Corruption (MS12-030)