Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers Microsoft Windows JET Engine Msrd3x Remote Code Execution Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in the Microsoft JET Database Engine.

The Microsoft JET Database Engine is a database engine on which several Microsoft products have been built. A database engine is the underlying component of a database, a collection of information stored on a computer in a systematic way.

The vulnerability in the Microsoft JET Database Engine could allow remote code execution on an affected system. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take control of the victim system. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights. To exploit the vulnerability, a user must open a specially crafted Excel file while using an affected version of Microsoft Windows.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Oct 12, 2018
Users should apply the solution provided by Microsoft.


Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Microsoft on September 1, 2018.

Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability on September 19, 2018.

Microsoft patched the vulnerability on January 8, 2019.


This vulnerability was discovered by Honggang Ren of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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