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Microsoft Windows SMB Pathname Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

February 9, 2010

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability that affects the Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) protocol software. An authenticated attacker can exploit this issue to execute code with SYSTEM-level privileges. Failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 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 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 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 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 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP3

Recommendations

Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.

If global access isn't needed, filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of exploitation.

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 explained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.

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.
A Microsoft advisory along with fixes is available. Please see the references for details.

Credits

Joshua Morin of Codenomicon
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