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Microsoft Windows Remote Administration Protocol (RAP) Remote Denial of Service Vulnerability

Risk

Medium

Date Discovered

August 14, 2012

Description

Microsoft Windows is prone to a remote denial-of-service vulnerability that affects the Windows Remote Administration Protocol (RAP) service. An attacker can exploit this issue to cause the RAP service to stop responding, denying service to legitimate users.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems SP1
  • 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 x64 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems SP1
  • 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 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3

Recommendations

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

Filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary if global access isn't needed. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.

Disallow anonymous access to services. Permit access for trusted individuals only.

Restrict access to trusted and accountable users only.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.

Use NIDS to detect suspicious or anomalous network traffic. Monitor logs for signs of malicious activity.
The vendor has released an advisory and updates. Please see the references for details.

Credits

Yamata Li of Palo Alto Networks
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