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Improper Memory Access Vulnerability Allows Attackers to Remotely Control Victims' Systems
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Jan. 9, 2007 - Fortinet - the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions - today announced that its leading security research team was key in discovering the latest Microsoft™ critical vulnerability (CVE-2007-028), which impacts users of Microsoft Excel™. The vulnerability allows attackers to take over the affected system by using an .xls file sent through email or uploaded to a controlled web site. When the user opens the .xls file using Microsoft Excel, the vulnerability is executed.
The vulnerability affects users of the following specific software:
Microsoft™ users should immediately apply the update provided by Microsoft™ on Jan. 9, 2007. Fortinet's security research team was critical in discovering this vulnerability, as noted in the Microsoft Security Bulletin (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS07-002.mspx). For more information on this vulnerability, please visit Fortinet's FortiGuard™ Center at http://www.fortinet.com/FortiGuardCenter/advisory/FG-2007-01.html.
FortiGuard Network Information
All FortiGate systems in production worldwide are kept up to date automatically by Fortinet's FortiGuardNetwork, which provides continuous updates to help protect against the latest threats around the clock and around the world. For more information on the FortiGuard Network visit: http://www.fortinet.com/FortiGuardCenter/
About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)
Fortinet is the pioneer and market-leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection--including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web content filtering, VPN, spyware prevention and antispam--providing customers a way to protect multiple threats as well as blended threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified eight times over by the ICSA (firewall, antivirus, IPSec, SSL, IDS, client antivirus detection, cleaning and antispyware). Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.
Most manufacturers were able to offer two out of our three desired security functions but Fortinet was the only vendor with the capability to provide all three in a single security solution, while meeting our high expectations in terms of performance and cost effectiveness. On top of providing first-class security, the flexibility of the FortiGate systems allows our security solution to evolve on a per-region basis, as and when required. Moving forward, Fortinet's integrated approach means that other security functions such as SSL VPN, firewall and traffic shaping can be switched as per a country's individual requirements. As a fast-growing acquisitive company, this made for a very compelling proposition.