Fortinet Discovers Microsoft Publisher 2010 Memory Corruption Vulnerability
Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Publisher 2010.
Microsoft Publisher is an entry-level desktop publishing application, differing from Microsoft Word in that the emphasis is placed on page layout and design rather than text composition and proofing. Publisher is included in higher-end editions of Microsoft Office with a focus on the small business market where firms do not have dedicated design professionals available to make marketing materials and other documents.
A memory corruption vulnerability has been discovered in Publisher 2010. The vulnerability can be triggered by a crafted .pub file which causes an out-of-bounds read, due to improper bounds checking. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could grant an attacker remote code execution.
SolutionsFortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:
Released Nov 15, 2016
Users should apply the solution provided by Microsoft.
Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Microsoft on Oct. 3.
Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability on Nov. 15.
Microsoft patched the vulnerability on Dec. 13.
This vulnerability was discovered by Peixue Li of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.