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Microsoft Windows Kernel Exception Handler Local Denial Of Service Vulnerability

Risk

Medium

Date Discovered

October 13, 2009

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a local denial-of-service vulnerability that affects the Windows kernel. The issue stems from an error in the kernel's exception handler. Attackers may exploit this issue to restart the system, causing a denial-of-service condition.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Enterprise Edition
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange 5.0
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange 5.0 SP1
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange 5.0 SP2
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange 5.0.0.0.52
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange 5.1
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange 5.1 SP1
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 1.1
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 2.0
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 3.0
  • Avaya Messaging Application Server MM 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP2

Recommendations

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

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker requires local interactive access to an affected computer. Grant local access for trusted and accountable users only.
Microsoft has released an advisory and updates. Please see the references for details.

Credits

Tavis Ormandy and Neel Mehta
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