Check Point Advisories

Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer Memory Allocation Code Execution (MS08-051; CVE-2008-0120; CVE-2008-0121)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2008-117
Date Published: 12 Aug 2008
Severity: High
Last Updated: Tuesday 30 June, 2015
Industry Reference:CVE-2008-0120
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R81, R80, R77, R75, R71, R70, R65

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description Microsoft PowerPoint is a popular graphics software for preparing slides and presentations. Remote code execution vulnerabilities have been identified in Microsoft PowerPoint. The vulnerabilities are due to memory calculation errors in Microsoft PowerPoint when processing a malformed picture index in a specially crafted PowerPoint file. A remote attacker could trigger these flaws by convincing a victim to open a specially crafted PowerPoint file. Successful exploitation of this issue may allow execution of arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block the transferring of malformed PowerPoint files over HTTP.

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 / R65

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer Memory Allocation Code Execution (MS08-051) 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 PowerPoint Viewer memory allocation code execution (MS08-051)

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