SECURITY BULLETIN: Trend Micro Security (Consumer) 2018 Driver Vulnerability

  • Solution ID:1120237
  • Last Updated:Jan. 09, 2019 12:53 AM (PST)
  • Applies to:Antivirus+ Security - 2018;Internet Security - 2018;Maximum Security - 2018;Premium Security - 2018;
Release Date: July 5, 2018 
CVE Vulnerability Identifiers: CVE-2018-3608
Platform: Windows 
CVSS 3.0 Scores: 7.2 
Severity Ratings: High


Trend Micro has released fixes for the Trend Micro Security 2018 (version 12.0) family of consumer products which resolve a vulnerability in a certain driver that if exploited, could allow an attacker to inject malicious code into processes on a vulnerable system.


Affected versions
ProductAffected VersionsPlatformLanguage(s)
Premium Security 12.0.1191 and below Microsoft Windows English
Maximum Security 12.0.1191 and below Microsoft Windows English
Internet Security 12.0.1191 and below Microsoft Windows English
Antivirus + Security 12.0.1191 and below Microsoft Windows English


ProductUpdated BuildPlatformLanguage(s)
All Versions Above 12.0.1226 Microsoft Windows English


Trend Micro has addressed these vulnerabilities via a patch that is available now through the product’s automatic ActiveUpdate feature for all versions of Trend Micro Security 2018 (version 12) listed above. Customers who have at least version 12.0.1226 (as of July 5th) will already have the necessary patch applied.


Vulnerability Details:

This patch includes mitigations for the following vulnerabilities:

  • CVE-2018-3608: A vulnerability exists in the Trend Micro User-Mode Hooking (UMH) driver in which, if exploited, would allow an attacker to create a specially crafted packet that could alter a vulnerable system in such a way that malicious code could be injected into other processes.

Trend Micro has received no reports nor is aware of any actual attacks against the affected products related to this vulnerability at this time.


Mitigating Factors

Exploiting these types of vulnerabilities require that an attacker has access (physical or remote) to a vulnerable machine.

Even though an exploit may require several specific conditions to be met, Trend Micro strongly encourages customers to upgrade to the latest build as soon as possible.



Trend Micro would like to thank the following individuals and/or organizations for responsibly disclosing these issues and working with Trend Micro to help protect our customers:

  • Zhiyuan Wang of Chengdu Qihoo360 Tech Co. Ltd
Additional Assistance

Customers who have questions are encouraged to contact Trend Micro Technical Support for further assistance.