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Vulnerability protection

Windows file handling component vulnerability could allow remote code execution

Report ID: MS201212005
Date Published: 12 December 2012

Criticality: Critical
Compromise Type: remote-code-execution
Compromise From: remote

Affected Product/Component:

Windows XP
Windows Server 2003
Windows Vista
Windows Server 2008
Windows 7
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows 8
Windows Server 2012


A vulnerability in a Windows file handling component could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.

Detailed Description

Microsoft has released a security update to address a remote code execution vulnerability found in a file handling component. The vulnerability may cause a memory corruption condition that could be further exploited to enable code execution on an affected system.

The issue has been resolved in the latest update by modifying the way that Windows handles files with specially crafted names. As a security measure, users are recommended to install the update onto their system to protect from possible exploit attempts.

CVE Reference



Install the latest security patch for applicable system, available for download from (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12-081)

Security Advisories

For a list of known vulnerabilities affecting F-Secure products and the released fixes, please refer to the Security Advisories page.