Microsoft Internet Information Services contains a vulnerability that could allow a local attacker to access sensitive information on a targeted system. Updates are available.
Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) contains a vulnerability that could allow a local attacker to access sensitive information.
The vulnerability is due to insufficient access controls on a certain log file that may contain user credentials. A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability by logging in to an affected system and accessing the vulnerable log. If successful, the attacker may be able to access a system log file and access sensitive information. The attacker could use this information to launch additional attacks.
Microsoft has confirmed the vulnerability in a security bulletin and released software updates.
Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.5 is affected when installed on the following:
Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit) SP1 and prior
Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit and Itanium) SP1 and prior
To exploit this vulnerability, the attacker must have system account access. In addition, IIS Operational logs are not enabled by default. This configuration and access requirement may reduce the likelihood of a successful exploit.
Because attackers require system account access, trusted users with limited privileges may use this type of vulnerability as part of an insider attack.
Microsoft has corrected this vulnerability by modifying the permissions for the IIS Operational logs.
Microsoft has released a security bulletin at the following link: MS12-073
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information. This information could be used to launch additional attacks.
The vulnerability is due to insufficient file access permissions on the Operational log file.
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability by logging in to an affected system and accessing the vulnerable log. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to obtain sensitive information, including user credentials. The attacker could use this information to launch additional attacks.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to access local systems.
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to have network access.
Administrators may consider using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) scan tool to identify common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on system endpoints.
Administrators may consider using IP-based access control lists (ACLs) to allow only trusted systems to access the affected systems.
Administrators can help protect affected systems from external attacks by using a solid firewall strategy.
Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.
Microsoft customers can obtain updates directly by using the links in the security bulletin. These updates are also distributed by Windows automatic update features and available on the Microsoft Update service. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server, and System Center Configuration Manager can assist administrators in deploying software updates.
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