#VU284 Remote code execution in Windows Graphics Component in Microsoft Client/Desktop applications

Published: 2020-03-18

Vulnerability identifier: #VU284

Vulnerability risk: High


CVE-ID: CVE-2016-3301


Exploitation vector: Network

Exploit availability:

Vulnerable software:
Operating systems & Components / Operating system
Windows Server
Operating systems & Components / Operating system
Microsoft Office
Client/Desktop applications / Office applications
Microsoft Lync
Client/Desktop applications / Messaging software
Skype for Business
Client/Desktop applications / Messaging software
Microsoft Live Meeting
Client/Desktop applications / Messaging software

Vendor: Microsoft


The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The vulnerability exists in Windows font library when handling specially crafted embedded fonts. A remote attacker can create a specially crafted font and execute arbitrary code on the target system with privileges of the current user. The attacker can use a variety of software to deliver malicious font to the target system, including web browsers, emails, office documents, etc.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability my allow an attacker to run arbitrary code on vulnerable system.

Vulnerable software versions

Windows: Vista, 7, 8.1 - 8.1 RT, 10

Windows Server: 2008 - 2012 R2

Microsoft Office: 2007, 2010

Microsoft Lync:

Skype for Business: 2016

Microsoft Live Meeting: 2007 Console

Fixed software versions


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