Microsoft Windows browser election message kernel pool overflow

ID VU:323172
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2011-04-15T00:00:00



A vulnerability exists in the way the Microsoft Windows browser service handles Browser Election messages.


From Description of the Microsoft Computer Browser Service:

"The browser service maintains a list of the domain name or workgroup name the computer is in, and the protocol being used for each computer on the network segment being served by the computer running the browser service. On each network segment, a master browser is elected from the group of computers located on the segment that are running the browser service."

The computer browser service protocol driver contains an integer underflow error in browser election message handling, which can cause a kernel pool buffer overrun resulting in memory corruption.

The vulnerable code is only reached if the computer is the Master Browser. However, according to the Microsoft Security Research and Defense blog, the election of the Master Browser varies depending on network configuration:

"In normal enterprise networks the Primary Domain Controller (PDC) will become Master Browser, but depending on the network configuration, other computers on the network can become Master Browser, and therefore be vulnerable. A single system will be Master Browser at any point in time."

For more information, please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-019.


Using a specially crafted Browser Election message, an attacker may be able to cause a Denial of Service (DoS) or execute arbitrary code.


Apply an update
Microsoft addresses this vulnerability with the updates listed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-19.

Restrict Access

Restrict access to the server's broadcast domain and block UDP ports 137, 138 and TCP ports 139, 445 at the network perimeter using firewall rules.

Vendor Information

Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
Microsoft Corporation| | -| 15 Apr 2011
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CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A


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This document was written by David Warren.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 14 Feb 2011
  • Date First Published: 16 Feb 2011
  • Date Last Updated: 15 Apr 2011
  • Severity Metric: 18.73
  • Document Revision: 17