CVE-2018-8475 - which apparently has a patch has been
revealed. Apparently, it's been "known about" for some time.

"Microsoft is patching a critical vulnerability where an attacker can
run code by just having an user open an image file. Affects all versions
of Windows."

It appears to be a KERNEL VULNERABILITY and affects opening
an image file.

A remote code execution vulnerability exists when Windows does not properly handle specially crafted image files, aka "Windows Remote Code Execution Vulnerability." This affects Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 10, Windows 10 Servers.

My question is, does IrfanView use the Windows kernel for image handling or does it have its own jpeg library to
convert to a bitmap which is then rendered or some other means of bypassing the kernel?
Basically, if IrfanView is used to open image files, would it bypass this vulnerability?