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Microsoft Windows NetDDE Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

October 12, 2004

Description

Microsoft Windows NetDDE is affected by a remote buffer-overflow vulnerability because the application fails to properly verify the lengths of strings contained within unspecified network messages before copying them into finite buffers. Note that NetDDE is not activated by default on Windows computers. An attacker may leverage this issue to execute arbitrary code on an affected computer with SYSTEM privileges. In some circumstances, where NetDDE services have been installed but not started, local attackers might exploit this issue to gain elevated privileges because an unprivileged user may start the services. ** UPDATE: NGSSoftware has released a preliminary advisory for this issue, announcing that technical details will be withheld until January 19, 2005. ** UPDATE: Immunity Research has reported that a remote attacker may require authentication before exploiting this vulnerability. Further details of this report can be found in the referenced message "ms04-031 pre-auth ??".

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers
  • Avaya Modular Messaging (MSS) 1.1.0
  • Avaya Modular Messaging (MSS) 2.0.0
  • 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 NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP1 alpha
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP2 alpha
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP3 alpha
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP4 alpha
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP5 alpha
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6 alpha
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 SP6a alpha
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 alpha
  • 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 Terminal Server 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 alpha
  • 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 Media Center Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1

Recommendations

Permit local access for trusted individuals only. Where possible, use restricted environments and restricted shells.

To limit exposure to local attack vectors, do not allow untrusted individuals to have local access to computers.

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

Filter access to all ports related to the service such as UDP 135-138 and 455 as well as TCP 135, 139, and 445. Also filter ports above 1024 if they are not required as well as any other RPC-related ports.

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

Deploy NIDS to monitor all network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect attempts to exploit latent vulnerabilities or malicious activity that occurs as a result of successful exploits.
Avaya has released an advisory that acknowledges this vulnerability for Avaya products. Customers are advised to follow Microsoft's guidance for applying patches. Please see the referenced Avaya advisory at the following location for 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=203487&PAGE=avaya.css.CSSLvl1Detail&executeTransaction=avaya.css.UsageUpdate() Microsoft has released a bulletin that includes fixes to address this issue for supported versions of the operating system.

Credits

Discovery of this issue is credited to John Heasman of Next Generation Security Software Ltd.
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