Microsoft DirectX DirectPlay CVE-2012-1537 Heap Overflow Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

2012-12-11T00:00:00
ID SMNTC-56839
Type symantec
Reporter Symantec Security Response
Modified 2012-12-11T00:00:00

Description

Description

Microsoft DirectX is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. Attackers can exploit this issue by enticing an unsuspecting user to open a specially crafted office documents. Successful exploits can allow attackers to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the application. Failed exploits will result in denial-of-service conditions.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft DirectX 10.0
  • Microsoft DirectX 11.0
  • Microsoft DirectX 11.1
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 7 for x64-based Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Itanium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Service Pack 2
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3

Recommendations

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect malicious actions that an attacker may take after successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications. Review all applicable logs regularly.

Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
To reduce the likelihood of successful exploits, never handle files that originate from unfamiliar or untrusted sources.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Web users should be cautious about following links to sites that are provided by unfamiliar or suspicious sources. Filtering HTML from emails may help remove a possible vector for transmitting malicious links to users.

Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as nonexecutable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploits of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.

The vendor has released an advisory and updates. Please see the references for details.