Microsoft Windows OpenType Font (OTF) Format Driver CVE-2010-2741 Privilege Escalation Vulnerability



Date Discovered

October 12, 2010


Microsoft Windows is prone to a local privilege-escalation vulnerability. Attackers may exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code with kernel-level privileges. Successfully exploiting this issue will result in the complete compromise of affected computers. Failed exploit attempts will result in a denial-of-service condition.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya CallPilot
  • Avaya Communication Server 1000 Telephony Manager
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Client Registration Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Recording Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Streaming Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Web Conferencing Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Webportal
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Sp2 Compute Cluster
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Sp2 Datacenter
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Sp2 Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Sp2 Storage
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP3


Permit local access for trusted individuals only. Where possible, use restricted environments and restricted shells.
Allow only trusted and accountable individuals to have local interactive access to vulnerable computers.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
As an added precaution, deploy memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable stack/heap configuration and randomly mapped memory segments). This may complicate exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.

The vendor released an advisory and updates. Please see the references for details.



Diego Juarez of Core Security Technologies

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