Check Point Advisories

Microsoft Excel MergeCells Record Heap Overflow (MS12-030; CVE-2012-0185)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-178
Date Published: 8 May 2012
Severity: High
Last Updated: 20 Feb 2019
Industry Reference:CVE-2012-0185
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R75, R71, R70

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in Microsoft Excel. The 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, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / R75 / R71 / R70

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Excel MergeCells Record Heap Overflow (MS12-030) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Content Protection Violation.
Attack Information:  Microsoft Excel MergeCells Record Heap Overflow (MS12-030)

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