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RE: Blocking WMF Files via Squid
From: "Jason Burzenski" <Jason.Burzenski () americanhm com>
Date: Tue, 3 Jan 2006 12:49:38 -0500

According to MS blocking WMF files won't help.  Are  you seeing the
majority of exploits coming in as WMF file extensions?  If you are, then
your squid mitigation should definitely help.  Thanks for the tip.  

From advisory 912840:

If I block .wmf files by extension, can this protect me against attempts
to exploit this vulnerability?
No. Because the Graphics Rendering Engine determines file type by means
other than just looking at the file extensions, it is possible for WMF
files with changed extensions to still be rendered in a way that could
exploit the vulnerability.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gaddis, Jeremy L. [mailto:jeremy () linuxwiz net] 
Sent: Thursday, December 29, 2005 10:17 PM
To: Security Basics List
Subject: Blocking WMF Files via Squid

In response to the new 0-day WMF exploit, the educational institution
for which I work recently took two steps to mitigate a possible

The first step was filtering files with the ".wmf" extension at the
e-mail gateway via McAfee's Groupshield.  The other step was to block
URLs ending in ".wmf" through Squid, the caching proxy server (through
which all of our HTTP traffic is transparently proxied).

I have detailed the few steps that were needed to do this at
in the event that it might be useful for others looking to do the same.

Please feel free to comment or provide feedback that may be of benefit.


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