Check Point Advisories

Microsoft Windows Print Spooler Format String Code Execution (MS12-054; CVE-2012-1851)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-349
Date Published: 14 Aug 2012
Severity: Critical
Last Updated:
Source: CVE-2012-1851
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway

  • R71
  • R70

  • Who is Vulnerable? Windows XP Service Pack 3
    Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
    Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in the Windows Print Spooler service.
    Update/Patch AvaliableApply patches from: MS12-054
    Vulnerability DetailsThe vulnerability is due to an error in the way the Print Spooler service handles specially crafted responses. A remote attacker can exploit this issue by sending a specially crafted response to the Print Spooler service. Successful exploitation would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the security context of the logged-on user.

    Protection Overview

    This Protection will detect and block specially crafted responses.

    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 Windows Print Spooler Format String Code Execution (MS12-054) 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: Windows SMB Protection Violation
    Attack Information: Microsoft Windows Print Spooler Format String Code Execution (MS12-054)

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