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Microsoft Windows Bluetooth Stack Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

June 10, 2008

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability because its implementation of the Bluetooth stack fails to adequately handle a flood of specially crafted SDP (Service Discovery Protocol) requests. To exploit this issue, an attacker must be within close physical proximity of the affected computer. Attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM-level privileges. Successful exploits will completely compromise affected computers. This issue affects only computers with Bluetooth capability.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
  • Nortel Networks ENSM - Enterprise NMS 10.4
  • Nortel Networks ENSM - Enterprise NMS 10.5

Recommendations

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 may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

Disallow unstrusted users from being in proximity of computers running affected applications.

Allow only trusted individuals to be within close proximity of the affected device.
The vendor has released an advisory and fixes. Please see the references for more information. UPDATE: The vendor has released an updated advisory with updated fixes for Windows XP SP2 and SP3. The vendor says that earlier fixes did not completely address the issue. Users are advised to apply the new updates as soon as possible.

Credits

The vendor disclosed this issue.
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