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Microsoft .NET Framework GraphicsPathIterator Memory Corruption Vulnerability



The .NET Framework is a software library used to provide a language agnostic API on the Windows platform.


Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Microsoft Corp.'s .NET Framework could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.

The vulnerability occurs in a certain function of the GraphicsPathIterator class. This class is used to call native functions residing in the GDI+ library. When calling the native GDI+ function, the vulnerable code fails to validate the parameters passed to it. This can result in memory corruption of the arrays passed to the function, which can lead to the execution of arbitrary code.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user viewing the web page. To exploit this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious webpage created by an attacker. An attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted sites. After the user visits the malicious web page, no further user interaction is needed.


The following Microsoft products are confirmed to be vulnerable by Microsoft:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 SP 3
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 SP 1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SP 2
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1


Microsoft suggests disabling XAML browser applications in Internet Explorer.


Microsoft has released updates to address this vulnerability. For more information, consult their advisory at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2012-0163 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


11/23/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
11/23/2011 Initial Vendor Reply
04/10/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Vitaliy Toropov.

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