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Microsoft Windows DHCP Client Service Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

July 11, 2006

Description

Microsoft Windows DHCP Client service is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability because the service fails to properly bounds-check user-supplied input before copying it to an insufficiently sized memory buffer. This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary machine code with SYSTEM-level privileges on affected computers. This facilitates the complete compromise of affected computers.

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 Datacenter Edition Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • 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 Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Client Manager 7.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Client Manager 8.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Client Manager 9.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Element Manager 7.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Element Manager 8.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Centrex IP Element Manager 9.0.0
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center Express
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center Manager
  • Nortel Networks Enterprise Network Management System
  • Nortel Networks Media Processing Server
  • Nortel Networks Multiservice Data Manager
  • Nortel Networks Periphonics
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 100
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 1000
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 500
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Speech Server
  • Nortel Networks Symposium Agent
  • Nortel Networks Symposium Network Control Center (NCC)
  • Nortel Networks Symposium TAPI Service Provider
  • Nortel Networks TM-CS1000
  • Nortel Networks Web-Centric Voice Application Development Suite

Recommendations

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

Block DHCP-related traffic at the network boundary. Ensure that only trusted hosts and networks can send DHCP traffic to vulnerable computers.

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

Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploitation attempts or activity that results from successful exploitation.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.

Various memory-protection schemes (such as non-executable and randomly mapped memory segments) may hinder an attacker's ability to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code.
Microsoft has released an advisory along with fixes to address this issue. Please see the referenced advisories for more information.

Credits

Mariano Nuñez Di Croce of Cybsec Security Systems reported this issue to the vendor.
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