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Microsoft Windows AFD Driver Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

October 14, 2008

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a local privilege-escalation vulnerability in the Ancillary Function Driver ('afd.sys'). A successful exploit of this vulnerability will let a local attacker completely compromise an affected computer.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 SP2
  • 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
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP3

Recommendations

Permit local access for trusted individuals only. Where possible, use restricted environments and restricted shells.

To reduce the likelihood of attacks, allow access to trusted individuals only and implement restricted environments and privileges.
Microsoft has released a security bulletin and fixes to address this vulnerability.

Credits

Fabien Le Mentec of SkyRecon
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