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Microsoft Windows Messenger Service Buffer Overrun Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

October 15, 2003

Description

Microsoft Windows Messenger Service is prone to a remotely exploitable buffer overrun vulnerability. This is due to insufficient bounds checking of messages before they are passed to an internal buffer. Exploitation could result in a denial of service or in execution of malicious code in Local System context, potentially allowing for full system compromise.

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 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 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 Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP 64-bit Edition Version 2003
  • 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.

Restrict external access to all ports and services that are not explicitly intended to be accessible by remote parties. This will help to limit exposure to this and other latent vulnerabilities. If appropriate, firewalls should also be deployed on individual systems to restrict access. Users and administrators are specifically advised to filter access to UDP port 135, 1025-1035 and TCP ports 137-139. Furthermore, unless explicitly required, strict filtering should be put in place to drop UDP broadcasts packets sent to these ports.

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

Deploy network intrusion detection systems (NIDS) to monitor network traffic for any suspicious or anomalous activity. This could help to detect exploitation attempts or malicious activity that may occur as a result of successful exploitation.

Disable any services that are not needed.

Disable the Windows Messenger Service if it is not explicitly required.
Microsoft has released updates to address this issue. Microsoft has released updated version 1.1 of Microsoft security bulletin MS03-043 containing updated information for the security patch. Revision 2.0 of the bulletin was also released to provide updated patches for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 to address an unrelated problem with Debug Programs (SeDebugPrivilege). These patches can be found in the same location as the initial patches. Please see the updated bulletin for further details.

Credits

Discovery is credited to The Last Stage of Delirium Research Group.
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