Vulnerability Note VU#309739

Microsoft Color Management System (MSCMS) module remote code execution

Original Release date: 12 Aug 2008 | Last revised: 13 Aug 2008


The Microsoft Color Management System (MSCMS) module for the Microsoft ICM component is vulnerable to a remote code execution vulnerability which may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


According to Microsoft, the Microsoft Color Management System (MSCMS) module helps "...users to consistently reproduce color across scanners, cameras, displays, printers and applications." The Microsoft Color Management System does not properly process malformed images. By convincing a user to open a specially crafted image file an attacker may be able to trigger an overflow.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker could execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Apply an Update

Microsoft has published Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-046 in response to this issue.

Disable Metafile Process

Per Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-046, disabling metafile support may mitigate this vulnerability.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-13 Aug 2008
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Microsoft credits Jun Mao of VeriSign iDefense Labs for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by John Hollenberger.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2008-2245
  • Date Public: 12 Aug 2008
  • Date First Published: 12 Aug 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 13 Aug 2008
  • Severity Metric: 47.05
  • Document Revision: 11


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