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Microsoft Windows Double Free Memory Corruption Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

February 9, 2010

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a local privilege-escalation vulnerability that occurs in the kernel. An attacker can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code with kernel-level privileges. Successful exploits will result in the complete compromise of affected computers. Failed exploit attempts will cause a denial of service.

Technologies Affected

  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Client Registration Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Recording Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Streaming Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Web Conferencing Server
  • Avaya Meeting Exchange - Webportal
  • 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
  • Avaya S3400 Message Application Server
  • 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 x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition SP2
  • 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 SP1
  • 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 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 SP2
  • 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 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems SP2
  • 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 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise SP2
  • 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 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP2
  • 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 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition 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 Home SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
  • 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 Professional x64 Edition SP3
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1
  • 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 exploit this vulnerability, an attacker requires local 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. UPDATE: Microsoft has released a notice stating that some customers have to restart their computers after installing the security updates for this vulnerability. Subsequently, Microsoft has removed the updates from Windows Update for the time being until the issue can be resolved. Microsoft recommends applying the workarounds described in MS10-015 to mitigate the vulnerability. We will update this BID as more information emerges. UPDATE (February 18, 2010): Further investigation by the vendor indicates that the presence of the Alureon rootkit is the cause of the issues with the installation of the MS10-015 patch. A Windows 32-bit system infected with the Alureon rootkit will undergo a 'blue screen' crash after the security updates are installed. Since Alureon can infect only 32-bit systems, Microsoft has now opened up automatic updates of this patch for 64-bit platforms. UPDATE (March 2, 2010): Updates available via Windows Update contain revised installation code to compensate for update problems on infected computers.

Credits

Tavis Ormandy of Google
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