Date Discovered March 10, 2009
Description Microsoft Windows is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability.
An attacker can exploit this issue by enticing an unsuspecting victim to open a malicious EMF or WMF image file.
Successfully exploiting this issue will allow attackers to execute arbitrary code with kernel-level privileges, completely compromising affected computers. Failed exploit attempts will result in a denial-of-service condition.
Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity. Deploy NIDS/NIPS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from a successful exploit.
Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources. Attackers may exploit this vulnerability through a malicious EMF or WMF image file. Users are advised to avoid files sent in unsolicited or unexpected email attachments or instant messages.
Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources. Attackers may exploit this issue via a malicious site. Users should be wary of visiting sites of questionable integrity, especially if solicited to do so by an untrusted or unfamiliar site.
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. Host-based intrusion-prevention systems may also help prevent exploits.
Vendor advisory and updates are available. Please see the references for details.
Credits Helmut Buhler
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