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Microsoft MFC Embedded OLE Object Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

February 13, 2007

Description

The Microsoft MFC component for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. This issue occurs when the application using the component attempts to parse malformed Rich Text Files (RTF). An attacker could exploit this issue by enticing a victim to load a malicious RTF file. A successful exploit could result in the execution of arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged-in user.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya Agent Access
  • Avaya Basic Call Management System Reporting Desktop
  • Avaya Basic Call Management System Reporting Desktop server
  • Avaya CMS Supervisor
  • Avaya CVLAN
  • Avaya Computer Telephony
  • Avaya Contact Center Express
  • Avaya IP Agent
  • Avaya IP Softphone
  • Avaya Integrated Management
  • Avaya Interaction Center
  • Avaya Interaction Center - Voice Quick Start
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server
  • Avaya Modular Messaging (MAS)
  • Avaya Network Reporting
  • Avaya OctelAccess(r) Server
  • Avaya OctelDesignerTM
  • Avaya Operational Analyst
  • Avaya Outbound Contact Management
  • Avaya S8100 Media Servers
  • Avaya Speech Access
  • Avaya Unified Communication Center
  • Avaya Unified Messenger (r)
  • Avaya VPNmanagerTM Console
  • Avaya Visual Messenger TM
  • Avaya Visual Vector Client
  • Avaya Web Messenger
  • HP Storage Management Appliance 2.1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002 SP1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2002
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003
  • 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 Itanium SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • 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 Itanium SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 Platfom SDK
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition SP1
  • 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

Recommendations

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

Ensure that all non-administrative tasks are 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.

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 exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.

Evaluate options set for all applications.

Enable Embedded Object Blocking in WordPad. This mitigating strategy will temporarily block the parsing of embedded objects within Rich Text Files, reducing the chance of a successful exploit.
Microsoft has released a security advisory and patch to address this issue. Please see the references for more information. UPDATE: Reportedly, the released patch did not completely fix this issue; Symantec has not verified the legitimacy of this claim. Please see the references for more information.

Credits

Kostya Kortchinsky of Immunity, Inc. and Fabrice Desclaux from EADS Common Research Center are credited with the discovery of this vulnerability
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