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Vulnerability Alert

Microsoft Windows USB Kernel Driver Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:CWE-264: Permissions, Privileges, and Access Control
IntelliShield ID:28475
Version:1
First Published:2013 March 12 17:25 GMT
Last Published:2013 March 12 17:25 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2013-1287
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Moderate Damage
CVSS Base:6.8 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:5.0
Related Resources:
View related Applied Mitigation BulletinView related Event Response
 
 
Version Summary:Microsoft Windows contains a vulnerability that could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges. Updates are available.
 
 
Description
Microsoft Windows contains a vulnerability that could allow a local attacker to gain elevated privileges.

The vulnerability is due to the improper handling of certain objects in memory by the affected software. A local attacker with access to a targeted system could exploit this vulnerability by inserting a malicious USB device into the targeted system that is designed to cause the Windows kernel to perform improper memory operations on certain objects. If successful, the attacker could execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the kernel.

Microsoft has confirmed the vulnerability in a security bulletin and released software updates.
 
Warning Indicators
The following Microsoft products are affected:
  • Windows XP SP3 and Professional x64 Edition SP2
  • Windows Server 2003, x64 Edition and Itanium-based Systems SP2
  • Windows Vista and x64 Edition SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit, x64-based Systems and Itanium-based Systems SP2
  • Windows 7 for 32-bit and x64-based Systems SP1
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based and Itanium-based Systems SP1 
  • Windows 8 for 32-bit and 64-bit Systems
  • Windows Server 2012
 
IntelliShield Analysis
To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would need to log in locally to a system. This access requirement limits the potential for successful exploitation.

Microsoft has corrected this vulnerability by modifying the way Windows kernel-mode driver handles objects in memory.

The Cisco Applied Intelligence team has created an Applied Mitigation Bulletin to address vulnerabilities that Microsoft disclosed in the March 2013 security bulletin release. This Cisco bulletin, which assists administrators in identifying or mitigating these vulnerabilities using Cisco devices, is available at the following link: Cisco Applied Mitigation Bulletin: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release for March 2013
 
Vendor Announcements
Microsoft has released a security bulletin at the following link: MS13-027
 
Impact
A local attacker could exploit this vulnerability to gain elevated privileges on a targeted system. Successful exploitation could result in a complete system compromise.
 
Technical Information
The vulnerability is due to the improper handling of objects in memory by the Windows USB drivers in the affected software.

A local attacker with access to a targeted system could exploit this vulnerability by inserting a malicious USB device into the targeted system that is designed to cause the Windows kernel to perform improper memory operations on certain objects. If successful, the attacker could execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the kernel.
 
Safeguards
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to access local systems.

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 are advised to monitor critical systems.
 
Patches/Software
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.

 
Alert History
 
Initial Release


Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
Microsoft, Inc.Windows 7 for 32-bit systems Base, SP1 | for x64-based systems Base, SP1
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP2 | Datacenter Edition, 64-bit (Itanium) SP2 | Datacenter Edition x64 (AMD/EM64T) SP2 | Enterprise Edition SP2 | Enterprise Edition, 64-bit (Itanium) SP2 | Enterprise Edition x64 (AMD/EM64T) SP2 | Standard Edition SP2 | Standard Edition x64 (AMD/EM64T) SP2 | Web Edition SP2
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition SP2 | Datacenter Edition, 64-bit SP2 | Itanium-Based Systems Edition SP2 | Enterprise Edition SP2 | Enterprise Edition, 64-bit SP2 | Essential Business Server Standard SP2 | Essential Business Server Premium SP2 | Essential Business Server Premium, 64-bit SP2 | Standard Edition SP2 | Standard Edition, 64-bit SP2 | Web Server SP2 | Web Server, 64-bit SP2
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Server 2008 R2 x64-Based Systems Edition Base, SP1 | Itanium-Based Systems Edition Base, SP1
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Server 2012 Original Release Base
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Vista Home Basic SP2 | Home Premium SP2 | Business SP2 | Enterprise SP2 | Ultimate SP2 | Home Basic x64 Edition SP2 | Home Premium x64 Edition SP2 | Business x64 Edition SP2 | Enterprise x64 Edition SP2 | Ultimate x64 Edition SP2
Microsoft, Inc.Windows XP Home Edition SP3 | Professional Edition SP3 | Professional x64 (AMD/EM64T) SP2 | Tablet PC Edition SP3 | Media Center Edition SP3
Microsoft, Inc.Windows 8 for 32-bit systems Base | for x64-based systems Base

Associated Products:
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