Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-013: Buffer Overrun in Windows Kernel Message Handling could Lead to Elevated Privileges (811493)

2003-04-17T00:00:00
ID SECURITYVULNS:DOC:4399
Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2003-04-17T00:00:00

Description

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Title: Buffer Overrun in Windows Kernel Message Handling could Lead to Elevated Privileges (811493) Date: 16 April 2003 Software: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, and Windows XP Impact: Local Elevation of Privilege Max Risk: Important Bulletin: MS03-013

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletins at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-013.asp http://www.microsoft.com/security/security_bulletins/ms03-013.asp


Issue:

The Windows kernel is the core of the operating system. It provides system level services such as device and memory management, allocates processor time to processes and manages error handling.

There is a flaw in the way the kernel passes error messages to a debugger. A vulnerability results because an attacker could write a program to exploit this flaw and run code of their choice. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability to take any action on the system including deleting data, adding accounts with administrative access, or reconfiguring the system.

For an attack to be successful, an attacker would need to be able to logon interactively to the system, either at the console or through a terminal session. Also, a successful attack would require the introduction of code in order to exploit this vulnerability. Because best practices recommends restricting the ability to logon interactively on servers, this issue most directly affects client systems and terminal servers.

Mitigating Factors:

    • A successful attack requires the ability to logon interactively to the target machine, either directly at the console or through a terminal session.
    • Properly secured servers would be at little risk from this vulnerability. Standard best practices recommend only allowing trusted administrators to log onto such systems interactively; without such privileges, an attacker could not exploit the vulnerability.

Risk Rating:

Important

Patch Availability:

  • A patch is available to fix this vulnerability. Please read the Security Bulletins at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms03-013.asp http://www.microsoft.com/security/security_bulletins/ms03-013.asp

for information on obtaining this patch.

Acknowledgment:

  • Oded Horovitz of Entercept Security Technologies - http://www.entercept.com

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