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21 December 2012, 11:37

Microsoft brings back the fonts

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Microsoft has reworked the security patch that led to disappearing OpenType fonts. The MS12-078 patch has now been modified so that fonts are once again displayed correctly. For users who have already installed the old version of the patch, the update needs to be installed again but the Windows Update service will usually take care of this.

With its last Patch Day on 11 December, Microsoft closed several holes that allowed remote code execution. Prior to the patch it was possible to trigger remote code execution with web sites or documents that included specially crafted TrueType or OpenType fonts. In the process of patching this vulnerability, Microsoft created a side effect that meant that applications such as CorelDRAW, QuarkXpress and PowerPoint could no longer display PostScript Type 1 (PFB) and OpenType fonts.


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