Security Advisory

Microsoft Security Advisory 912840

Vulnerability in Graphics Rendering Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution.

Published: December 28, 2005 | Updated: January 05, 2006

Microsoft has completed the investigation into a public report of a vulnerability. We have issued a security bulletin to address this issue. For more information about this issue, including download links for an available security update, please review the security bulletin.



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  • December 28, 2005: Advisory published
  • December 29, 2005: Advisory updated. FAQ section updated.
  • December 30, 2005: Advisory updated. FAQ section updated.
  • January 3, 2006: Information has been added to the beginning of the advisory as well as the FAQ section to provide updated information about the state of the investigation.¬†Information has also been added to the FAQ section regarding reports of a third party security update for this issue.
  • January 3, 2006: Clarifying information added to the Mitigating factors section at the beginning of the advisory. FAQ added to address pre-released Microsoft security update.
  • January 5, 2006: FAQ added with information on Windows 98, Windows 98 Second Edition and Windows Millennium. FAQ concerning embedded images in Office documents updated. Workaround updated with information about re-registering the Windows Fax and Image Viewer (Shimgvw.dll).
  • January 5, 2006: Advisory updated to reference released security bulletin.

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