Vulnerability in Microsoft Font Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS15-078)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2015-082 UPDATED
Date(s) Issued: 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Date Updated: 
Friday, July 31, 2015
Subject: 
Vulnerability in Microsoft Font Driver Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS15-078)
Overview: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Font Drivers that could allow remote code execution. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Systems Affected: 
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server Core
  • Windows RT
  • Windows RT 8.1
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1

UPDATED July 31

  • Windows 10
RISK
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
High
Home Users: 
High
Description: 

Microsoft has released a security update that addresses a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Font Driver that could allow for remote code execution (CVE-2015-2426). A vulnerability exists when the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library improperly handles specially crafted fonts which can be triggered when a user opens a specially crafted document or visits an untrusted website that contains embedded OpenType fonts.

 

Successful exploitation could allow an attacker to gain the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Actions: 
  • After appropriate testing, apply appropriate patches provided by Microsoft to vulnerable systems
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments, especially those from un-trusted sources.
  • Workaround options are also available via the Microsoft link listed in the reference section