Microsoft Windows TrueType Font Parsing Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (Remote Kernel)ZDI-12-129: August 3rd, 2012
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code from the contact of kernelspace on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.
The specific flaw exists within the kernel's support for TrueType font parsing of compound glyphs. A sign extension error exists in win32k.sys when processing compound glyphs having a total number of contours above 0x7FFF. This can be exploited to corrupt kernel heap memory placed below the space allocated for the "flags" buffer and potentially execute arbitrary code in kernel space.
Vendor ResponseMicrosoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
2011-11-04 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2012-08-03 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CreditThis vulnerability was discovered by:
Alin Rad Pop (binaryproof)