Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-022: Flaw in ISAPI Extension for Windows Media Services Could Cause Code Execution (Q822343)

2003-06-26T00:00:00
ID SECURITYVULNS:DOC:4747
Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2003-06-26T00:00:00

Description

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Title: Flaw in ISAPI Extension for Windows Media Services Could Cause Code Execution (822343) Date: 25 June 2003 Software: Microsoft(r) Windows(r) 2000 Impact: Allow an attacker to execute code of their choice Max Risk: Important Bulletin: MS03-022

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletins at: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS03-022.asp http://www.microsoft.com/security/security_bulletins/ms03-022.asp


Issue:

Microsoft Windows Media Services is a feature of Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, and Datacenter Server and is also available in a downloadable version for Windows NT 4.0 Server. Windows Media Services contains support for a method of delivering media content to clients across a network known as multicast streaming. In multicast streaming, the server has no connection to or knowledge of the clients that may be receiving the stream of media content coming from the server. To facilitate logging of client information for the server, Windows 2000 includes a capability specifically designed to enable logging for multicast transmissions.

This logging capability is implemented as an Internet Services Application Programming Interface (ISAPI) extension - nsiislog.dll. When Windows Media Services are added through add/remove programs to Windows 2000, nsiislog.dll is installed in the Internet Information Services (IIS) Scripts directory on the server. Once Windows Media Services is installed, nsiislog.dll is automatically loaded and used by IIS.

There is a flaw in the way nsiislog.dll processes incoming client requests. A vulnerability exists because an attacker could send specially formed HTTP request (communications) to the server that could cause IIS to fail or execute code on the user's system.

Windows Media Services is not installed by default on Windows 2000. An attacker attempting to exploit this vulnerability would have to be aware which computers on the network had Windows Media Services installed on it and send a specific request to that server.

Mitigating Factors:

  • Windows Media Services 4.1 is not installed by default on Windows 2000.
  • Windows Media Services are not available for Windows 2000 Professional.

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/ms03-022.asp http://www.microsoft.com/security/security_bulletins/ms03-022.asp

for information on obtaining this patch.

Acknowledgment:

  • Brett Moore (brett.moore@security-assessment.com)

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