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Microsoft Windows Locator Service Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

January 22, 2003

Description

It has been reported that the Microsoft Windows Locator service is affected by a remotely exploitable buffer overflow vulnerability. The condition is due to a memory copy of RPC arguments received from remote clients into a local buffer. This vulnerability may be exploited by remote attackers to execute custom instructions on the target server. It is also possible to crash the service with a malicious request. It should be noted that, to exploit this vulnerability, no authentication is required. Additionally, the Locator service is enabled by default on all Windows 2000 and Windows NT Domain Controllers (DC).

Technologies Affected

  • 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 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Japanese Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Services
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Services SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Services SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Terminal Services SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT Enterprise Server 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 SP6a
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Terminal Server 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP3
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP4
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP6
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP6a
  • 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 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1

Recommendations

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

Block unauthorized access to Domain Controllers at the network boundary.

Disable all unnecessary services.

Disable the Locator service unless it is absolutely required.

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

Configure firewalls to ignore, or block, unsolicted traffic to the Windows NetBIOS service on ports 138 and 139.
Note that there are multilingual versions of the fixes. The following fixes are available:

Credits

Discovery of this vulnerability credited to David Litchfield of Next Generation Security Software Ltd.
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