MS12-019: Vulnerability in DirectWrite Could Allow Denial of Service (2665364)

medium Nessus Plugin ID 58331
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VPR Score: 6.1


The remote Windows host is affected by a denial of service vulnerability.


A denial of service vulnerability exists in the implementation of DirectWrite installed on the remote Windows host.

In an Instant Messenger-based attack scenario, an attacker sending a specially crafted sequence of Unicode characters directly to an Instant Messenger client could cause the application to become unresponsive.


Microsoft has released a set of patches for Windows Vista, 2008, 7, and 2008 R2.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Medium

ID: 58331

File Name: smb_nt_ms12-019.nasl

Version: 1.14

Type: local

Agent: windows

Published: 3/13/2012

Updated: 11/15/2018

Dependencies: smb_hotfixes.nasl, ms_bulletin_checks_possible.nasl

Risk Information

Risk Factor: Medium

VPR Score: 6.1

CVSS v2.0

Base Score: 5

Temporal Score: 3.7

Vector: AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P

Temporal Vector: E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Required KB Items: SMB/MS_Bulletin_Checks/Possible

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 3/13/2012

Vulnerability Publication Date: 3/13/2012

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0156

BID: 52332

MSFT: MS12-019

MSKB: 2665364