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Vulnerability protection

Windows DirectPlay vulnerability could allow remote code execution

Report ID: MS201212006
Date Published: 12 December 2012

Criticality: Important
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 Windows DirectPlay could upon successful exploitation, allow an attacker to execute code on an affected system.

Detailed Description

Microsoft has released a security update to address a vulnerability in Windows DirectPlay. The vulnerability was caused by improper handling of specially crafted office documents, and can be exploited into allowing an attacker to execute code and take control of a system.

Through the update, a necessary correction has been made to the way that Windows DirectPlay handles content. Users are recommended to install the latest update onto their system as a protection measure against 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/ms12-082)

Security Advisories

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