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Microsoft Management Console Zone Bypass Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

August 8, 2006

Description

Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is prone to a cross-zone scripting vulnerability because the operating system fails to properly restrict access to MMC components, allowing the MMC files to be referenced from the Internet Zone in some cases. Exploiting this vulnerability could let an attacker execute arbitrary code, completely compromising the 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
  • Nortel Networks MCS5100 - Sun Platform
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 100
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 1000
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service MPS 500
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Peri Application
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Speech Server

Recommendations

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

Filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary if global access isn't required. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.

Disable all unnecessary services.

Since a successful exploit of scripting issues often requires executing malicious script code in web clients, consider disabling support for script code and active content within a client browser. Note that this mitigation tactic might adversely affect legitimate websites that rely on the execution of browser-based script code.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Web users should be cautious about following links to sites that are provided by unfamiliar or suspicious sources. Filtering HTML from emails may help remove a possible vector for transmitting malicious links to users.
Microsoft has released a security bulletin to address this issue. Please see the references for details.

Credits

Yorick Koster of ITsec Security Services, HD Moore, and Tom Gilder are each respectively credited with reporting this vulnerability to the vendor.
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