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Microsoft Windows GDI File Size Parameter Heap Overflow Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

December 9, 2008

Description

The GDI component of Microsoft Windows is prone to a heap-overflow vulnerability that may be triggered by a malicious WMF (Windows Metafile) image. A successful exploit will let the attacker execute arbitrary code in the context of the currently logged-in user.

Technologies Affected

  • HP Storage Management Appliance 2.1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • 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 Datacenter x64 Edition SP2
  • 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 Enterprise x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 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 Server 2008 Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
  • 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 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
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP3
  • Nortel Networks CallPilot 1002rp
  • Nortel Networks CallPilot 1005r
  • Nortel Networks CallPilot 201i
  • Nortel Networks CallPilot 600r
  • Nortel Networks CallPilot 703t
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center - Symposium Agent
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center - TAPI Server
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center Express
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center Manager
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center Manager Server
  • Nortel Networks Contact Center NCC
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service - CCSS7
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service CCXML
  • 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 Peri Workstation
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service Speech Server
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service VoiceXML
  • Nortel Networks Self-Service WVADS

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 includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from a successful exploit.

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

Attackers may exploit this vulnerability through a malicious WMF image file. Users are advised to avoid files sent in unsolicited or unexpected email attachments or instant messages.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Attackers may exploit this issue via a malicious site. Users should be wary of visiting sites of questionable integrity, especially if solicited to do so by an untrusted or unfamiliar site.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.

Various memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable and randomly mapped memory segments) may hinder an attacker's ability to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code. Host-based intrusion-prevention systems may also help prevent exploits.
Microsoft has released a security bulletin and fixes to address this vulnerability.

Credits

Juan Caballero of the Bitblaze Group at Carnegie Mellon University/UC Berkeley
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