GDI+ Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Published: 2016-10-11
Risk High
Patch available YES
Number of vulnerabilities 1
CVE-ID CVE-2016-3396
Exploitation vector Network
Public exploit N/A
Vulnerable software
Microsoft .NET Framework
Server applications / Frameworks for developing and running applications

Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications

Microsoft Silverlight
Client/Desktop applications / Plugins for browsers, ActiveX components

Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Windows Server
Operating systems & Components / Operating system

Microsoft Lync
Client/Desktop applications / Messaging software

Lync Attendee
Client/Desktop applications / Messaging software

Microsoft Live Meeting
Client/Desktop applications / Messaging software

Vendor Microsoft

Security Bulletin

This security bulletin contains one high risk vulnerability.

1) Memory corruption


Risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2016-3396

CWE-ID: CWE-119 - Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Exploit availability: No


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.
The weakness exists due to boundary error in the Graphics Device Interface (GDI) component. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted content containing embedded fonts, trick the victim into opening it, trigger memory corruption and execute arbitrary code with privileges of the current user.

Successful exploitation of the vulnerability results in arbitrary code execution on the vulnerable system.


Install updates from Microsoft website.

Vulnerable software versions

Microsoft .NET Framework: 3.0 - 4.6

Microsoft Office: 2007 - 2010

Microsoft Silverlight: 5

Windows: 7 - Vista

Windows Server: 2008 - 2008 R2

Microsoft Lync: 2010

Lync Attendee: 2010

Microsoft Live Meeting: 2007 Console

CPE2.3 External links

Q & A

Can this vulnerability be exploited remotely?

Is there known malware, which exploits this vulnerability?