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Microsoft Windows File/Directory Names Handling Arbitrary Command Injection Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

July 10, 2012

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a remote command-injection that affects the Windows Shell component vulnerability because it fails to adequately sanitize user-supplied input data. Attackers can exploit this issue to execute arbitrary shell commands with user-level privileges. This may facilitate the remote compromise of affected computers.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Sp1 X32
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium - Sp1 X64
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for Itanium-based Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • 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 Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • 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 Itanium SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium Sp2 Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1 Beta 1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold Compute Cluster
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold Datacenter
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold Standard
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold Storage
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold X64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold X64-Datacenter
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold X64-Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Gold X64-Standard
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 - Sp2 Enterprise X64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition Release Candidate
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition Release Candidate
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold Datacenter
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold Hpc
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold Standard
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold Storage
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Gold Web
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Sp2 Hpc
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Sp2 Storage
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition - Sp2 Web
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition R2 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition Release Candidate
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition X64
  • 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 64-bit edition Sp1 X64-Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition Sp1 X64-Home Premium
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition Sp1 X64-Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition Sp1 X86-Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition Sp1 X86-Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition X64-Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition X64-Ultimate
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition X86-Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition X86-Ultimate
  • 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 64-bit edition Sp1 X64
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic 64-bit edition Sp2 X64
  • 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 SP2 Beta
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • 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 64-bit Edition Version 2003
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Embedded SP3
  • 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

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

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.

To limit the potential damage that successful exploits may achieve, run all nonadminstrative software as a nonadministrative user.

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

Users should never accept files from untrusted or unknown sources, because they may be malicious in nature. Avoid opening email attachments from unknown or questionable sources.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never visit sites of questionable integrity or follow links provided by unfamiliar or untrusted sources.
Updates are available. Please see the references for more information.

Credits

Adi Cohen of IBM Security Systems - Application Security
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