Check Point Advisories

Microsoft Visio Viewer VSD File Attributes Validation Error (MS12-031; CVE-2012-0018)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-261
Date Published: 12 Jun 2012
Severity: High
Last Updated:
Source: CVE-2012-0018
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway

  • R71
  • R70


  • IPS-1 NGX R65

  • Who is Vulnerable? Microsoft Visio Viewer 2010
    Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Visio.
    Update/Patch AvaliableApply patches from: MS12-031
    Vulnerability DetailsThe vulnerability is due to an error in the way Visio Viewer handles memory when parsing specially crafted Visio files. A remote attacker may exploit this vulnerability by enticing a target user to open a specially crafted Visio file with an affected version of Visio Viewer. Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system.

    Protection Overview

    IPS will detect and block the transferring of malformed Visio 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 Visio Viewer VSD File Attributes Validation Error (MS12-031) 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 Visio Viewer VSD File Attributes Validation Error (MS12-031)

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