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Microsoft Windows COM Structured Storage Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

February 8, 2005

Description

Microsoft Windows is reported prone to a local privilege escalation vulnerability when processing COM structured storage files. This issue may allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges on a vulnerable computer. An attacker with local interactive access may craft an application that triggers this condition and gain SYSTEM privileges on a vulnerable computer.

Technologies Affected

  • 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 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 Home
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
  • Nortel Networks IP softphone 2050
  • Nortel Networks Mobile Voice Client 2050
  • Nortel Networks Optivity Network Management System
  • Nortel Networks Symposium Call Center Server (SCCS)
  • Nortel Networks Symposium Express Call Center (SECC)
  • Nortel Networks Symposium TAPI Service Provider
  • Nortel Networks Symposium Web Center Portal (SWCP)
  • Nortel Networks Symposium Web Client

Recommendations

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

An attacker will require local interactive access prior to being in a position to exploit this vulnerability. Permit local interactive access for trusted users only.
Microsoft has released updates to address this vulnerability on supported platforms. Nortel Networks has released security advisory 2005005514 acknowledging this issue. Please the referenced advisory for further information.

Credits

Discovery is credited to Cesar Cerrudo of Application Security Inc.
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