Microsoft Internet Information Services CVE-2014-8985 Security Bypass Vulnerability

ID SMNTC-70937
Type symantec
Reporter Symantec Security Response
Modified 2014-11-11T00:00:00



Microsoft Internet Information Services is prone to a security-bypass vulnerability. An attacker can exploit this issue to bypass certain security restrictions and gain unauthorized access; this may aid in launching further attacks. Note: This issue was previously titled 'Microsoft Internet Information Services CVE-2014-4078 Security Bypass Vulnerability'. The title has been changed to better reflect the vulnerability information.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft IIS 8.0
  • Microsoft IIS 8.5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11


Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.
Filter access to the affected computer at the network boundary if global access isn't required. Restricting access to only trusted computers and networks might greatly reduce the likelihood of exploits.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for anomalous or suspicious activity. Monitor logs generated by NIDS and by the server itself for evidence of attacks against the server.

Permit privileged access for trusted individuals only.
Permitting access to vulnerable applications for trusted individuals only can reduce the risk of an exploit.

Updates are available. Please see the references or vendor advisory for more information.