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Microsoft Internet Explorer WMF Image Parsing Memory Corruption Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

January 9, 2006

Description

Microsoft Internet Explorer is affected by an WMF image-parsing memory-corruption vulnerability. This issue is allegedly due to an integer-overflow flaw that leads to corrupted heap memory. This problem presents itself when a user views a malicious WMF-formatted file containing specially crafted data. This issue allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary machine code in the context of the affected application. Failed exploitation attempts likely result in crashing the application.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R10
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R11
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R12
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R6
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R7
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R8
  • Avaya DefinityOne Media Servers R9
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R10
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R11
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R12
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R6
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R7
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R8
  • Avaya IP600 Media Servers R9
  • Avaya Modular Messaging (MAS)
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R10
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R11
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R12
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R6
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R7
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R8
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers R9
  • Avaya Unified Communications Center S3400
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 SP4
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center
  • Nortel Networks IP Address Domain Manager
  • Nortel Networks IP softphone 2050
  • Nortel Networks MCS 5100 3.0.0
  • Nortel Networks MCS 5200 3.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Optivity Telephony Manager TM-CS1000
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Media Processing Server
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri IVR
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri NT Server

Recommendations

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

Do not allow untrusted individuals to have local access to computers. This may limit exposure to local attack vectors.

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 exploitation.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.

Users should not accept files from untrusted or unknown sources because they may be malicious in nature.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Web users should avoid sites of questionable integrity and never follow links supplied by unknown or untrusted sources.

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

Disabling client support for HTML email may limit exposure to this attack vector.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.

Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as non-executable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploitation of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
Microsoft has released advisory MS06-004 to address this issue. Please see the referenced advisory for further information. Avaya has released an advisory to identify vulnerable products, and recommends that users apply patches released by Microsoft.

Credits

Discovered by H D Moore.
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