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

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2012-349
Date Published: 13 Aug 2012
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: 17 Sep 2018
Industry Reference:CVE-2012-1851
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R75, R71, R70

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description A remote code execution vulnerability has been reported in the Windows Print Spooler service. The 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, 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 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 Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

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

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