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Microsoft Windows Color Management Module ICC Profile Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Risk
High

Date Discovered
07-12-2005

Description
Microsoft Windows is prone to a buffer overflow vulnerability in the Color Management Module. The issue is due to a boundary condition error related to the parsing of ICC (International Color Consortium) Profile tags in various supported image and document formats.

ICC Profile data may possibly be embedded in various file formats, including JPEG, GIF, EXIF, TIFF, PNG, PICT, PDF, PostScript, SVG, JDF, and CSS3. Some of these formats may not provide an attack vector, especially if Microsoft does not provide native support or does not call the vulnerable functionality when handling certain formats.

Successful exploitation may result in execution of arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged in user. This vulnerability could be exploited through a Web site that hosts a malicious document, by previewing or opening malicious content in email, or through other means that will allow an attacker to send the victim a malicious document.

There is also a risk that other Microsoft or third-party applications that rely on the affected functionality may be vulnerable. A number of third-party applications may ship with vulnerable libraries, so may remain vulnerable despite having applied the Microsoft patch. Symantec is not aware of any such vendors at the time of writing.

Symantec Vulnerability Assessment
Symantec Vulnerability Assessment detects and reports this vulnerability. Click here for the advisory released July 13, 2005.

Symantec Enterprise Security Manager
Symantec Enterprise Security Manager™ posted an update to the OS Patch Policy that detects and reports systems that are not patched against this vulnerability. Click here for the advisory released July 13, 2005.

Symantec Enterprise Security Manager Network Assessment Module
Symantec Enterprise Security Manager Network Assessment Module detects and reports this vulnerability. Click here for the advisory released August 9, 2005.

Platforms Affected
Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers
Avaya IP600 Media Servers
Avaya S3400 Message Application Server
Avaya S8100 Media Servers

Components Affected
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP3
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP3
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP2
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP3
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP3
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 98SE
Microsoft Windows ME
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition 64-bit SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition 64-bit SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition 64-bit
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition SP1
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 SP1
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1
Microsoft Windows XP Home
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition

Recommendations
Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
Users should avoid accepting or opening any files that originate from an untrusted or unfamiliar source. This may limit exposure to some attack vectors of this vulnerability.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Users should be wary of visiting Web sites of questionable integrity, especially if enticed to do so by an unfamiliar source through email or other means.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Memory protection schemes such as non-executable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments may complicate exploitation of memory corruption vulnerabilities.

Run all software as a non-privileged user with minimal access rights.
All non-administrative tasks should be performed as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights. This may limit the impact of latent vulnerabilities.

Microsoft has released patches to address this vulnerability in supported platforms.


Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4:

Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows 2000 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=FA8D18EC-EBF4-4C49-AFA0-F6A215B3624F

Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP3:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server :
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP3:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP2:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP1:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server :
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows 2000 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=FA8D18EC-EBF4-4C49-AFA0-F6A215B3624F

Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP3:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional :
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows 2000 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=FA8D18EC-EBF4-4C49-AFA0-F6A215B3624F

Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP3:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1:
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server :
Microsoft Windows 98 :
Microsoft Windows 98SE :
Microsoft Windows ME :
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1:
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition :
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition 64-bit SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 64-bit Itanium Edition (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=97A903BC-90E1-4FDE-9487-1816C4A647BB&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition 64-bit :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 64-bit Itanium Edition (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=97A903BC-90E1-4FDE-9487-1816C4A647BB&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server x64 Edition (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=52167B42-8790-4965-9F26-DC5EDC2E84F8&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=44275ECB-2E79-4CE8-8269-E81219CE8F6C&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=44275ECB-2E79-4CE8-8269-E81219CE8F6C&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition 64-bit SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 64-bit Itanium Edition (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=97A903BC-90E1-4FDE-9487-1816C4A647BB&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition 64-bit :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 64-bit Itanium Edition (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=97A903BC-90E1-4FDE-9487-1816C4A647BB&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server x64 Edition (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=52167B42-8790-4965-9F26-DC5EDC2E84F8&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=44275ECB-2E79-4CE8-8269-E81219CE8F6C&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=44275ECB-2E79-4CE8-8269-E81219CE8F6C&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server x64 Edition (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=52167B42-8790-4965-9F26-DC5EDC2E84F8&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=44275ECB-2E79-4CE8-8269-E81219CE8F6C&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows Server 2003 (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=44275ECB-2E79-4CE8-8269-E81219CE8F6C&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition SP1:
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition :
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 SP1:
Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 :
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C5BCF2DB-ADCE-42BD-ABEE-1380F258158B&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C5BCF2DB-ADCE-42BD-ABEE-1380F258158B&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Home :
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C5BCF2DB-ADCE-42BD-ABEE-1380F258158B&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C5BCF2DB-ADCE-42BD-ABEE-1380F258158B&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition :
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C5BCF2DB-ADCE-42BD-ABEE-1380F258158B&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C5BCF2DB-ADCE-42BD-ABEE-1380F258158B&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Professional :
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition :
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C54BB4BA-FB9B-4615-9BBE-EF6D3885467D&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C5BCF2DB-ADCE-42BD-ABEE-1380F258158B&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1:
Microsoft Patch Security Update for Windows XP (KB901214)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=C5BCF2DB-ADCE-42BD-ABEE-1380F258158B&displaylang=en

Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition :

References
Source: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-036
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS05-036.mspx

Credits
Discovery is credited to Shih-hao Weng of Information & Communication Security Technology Center (ICST).


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