Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers Microsoft Windows JET Database Engine Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Summary

Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in the Microsoft JET Database Engine.


The Microsoft JET Database Engine is a database engine on which several Microsoft products have been built. A database engine is the underlying component of a database, a collection of information stored on a computer in a systematic way.


The discovered vulnerability in the Microsoft JET Database Engine could allow remote code execution on an affected system. The vulnerability exists because the Windows JET Database Engine improperly handles objects in memory. To exploit the vulnerability, a user must open a specially crafted file while using an affected version of Microsoft Windows.

Solutions

FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

MS.Jet.Database.Engine.Code.Execution.CVE-2019-0898
Released Apr 22, 2019

Users should apply the solution provided by Microsoft.

Timeline

Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Microsoft on January 23, 2019.

Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability on April 9, 2019.

Microsoft released patch for the vulnerability on May 14, 2019.

Acknowledgement

This vulnerability was discovered by Honggang Ren of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

IPS Subscription

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