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Microsoft Hyperlink Object Library Function Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

August 8, 2006

Description

Microsoft's Hyperlink Object Library is prone to a buffer-overflow vulnerability. This issue is due to the library's failure to properly bounds-check user-supplied input before copying it to an insufficiently sized memory buffer. Successfully exploiting this issue allows attackers to execute arbitrary machine code in the context of applications that use the affected library. This facilitates the remote compromise of affected computers. Failed exploit attempts will likely crash targeted applications. This issue is different from the one described in BID 18500 (Microsoft HLINK.DLL Link Memory Corruption Vulnerability).

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 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 Embedded
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Gold
  • 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

Recommendations

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

All non-administrative tasks should be performed as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.

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

Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect malicious actions that an attacker may take after successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications. Review all applicable logs regularly.

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

Users should never accept files from untrusted or unknown sources, because they may be malicious in nature. Avoid opening email attachments from unknown or questionable sources.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Users should avoid websites of questionable integrity. Never follow links supplied by unknown or untrusted sources.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.

Since this issue may possibly 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 exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
Microsoft has released a security bulletin to address this issue. Please see the attached security bulletin for details.

Credits

The discovery of this issue is credited to Steve Tai of CSC Australia Pty Limited.
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