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Microsoft Windows HTML Help Heap Overflow Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

July 13, 2004

Description

The Microsoft Windows HTML Help facility is prone to a remotely exploitable heap overflow vulnerability. This vulnerability could be exploited from a malicious Web page or through HTML email to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the currently logged in user.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers
  • Avaya S3400 Message Application Server
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows 98SE
  • Microsoft Windows ME
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1

Recommendations

Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.

Network access controls should be deployed to explicitly deny all unauthorized incoming and outgoing traffic. This will help to limit exposure to remote vulnerabilities but may also limit actions an attacker may perform after successful exploitation of latent security issues.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for suspicious or anomalous activity. This may aid in detecting potential attacks or malicious activity that are the result of successful exploitation of this and other latent vulnerabilities.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Users should be wary of following links provided by untrusted or unfamiliar sources, especially if they arrive unsolicited in email. This may reduce exposure to various attacks that depend on the victim following a malicious link.

Do not accept communications that originate from unknown or untrusted sources.

Users should not accept or open HTML email as they may provide a means of exploiting numerous vulnerabilities. Support for HTML email may be disabled in the email client. HTML email may also be filtered at the gateway.

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.

All non-administrative tasks, such as browsing the web and reading email, should be performed as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights. This will limit the consequences of latent vulnerabilities.
Microsoft has released patches to address this issue for all supported platforms. Avaya has released an advisory that acknowledges this vulnerability for Avaya products. Avaya advise that customers follow the Microsoft recommendations to address this issue. Please see the referenced Avaya advisory at the following location for further details: http://support.avaya.com/japple/css/japple?temp.groupID=128450&temp.selectedFamily=128451&temp.selectedProduct=154235&temp.selectedBucket=126655&temp.feedbackState=askForFeedback&temp.documentID=197331&PAGE=avaya.css.CSSLvl1Detail&executeTransaction=avaya.css.UsageUpdate()

Credits

Discovery of this issue is credited to Brett Moore.
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