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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-028 - Critical

Vulnerabilities in Microsoft DirectShow Could Allow Remote Code Execution (971633)

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Version: 2.0

General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves one publicly disclosed vulnerability and two privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft DirectShow. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opened a specially crafted QuickTime media file. An attacker who successfully exploited any of these vulnerabilities could gain the same user rights as the local user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting the way that DirectShow parses QuickTime media files and validates pointer values and size fields within QuickTime media files. For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.

This security update also addresses the vulnerability first described in Microsoft Security Advisory 971778.

Recommendation. The majority of customers have automatic updating enabled and will not need to take any action because this security update will be downloaded and installed automatically. Customers who have not enabled automatic updating need to check for updates and install this update manually. For information about specific configuration options in automatic updating, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 294871.

For administrators and enterprise installations, or end users who want to install this security update manually, Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update immediately using update management software, or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service.

See also the section, Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance, later in this bulletin.

Known Issues. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 971633 documents the currently known issues that customers may experience when installing this security update. The article also documents recommended solutions for these issues.

Affected and Non-Affected Software

The following software have been tested to determine which versions or editions are affected. Other versions or editions are either past their support life cycle or are not affected. To determine the support life cycle for your software version or edition, visit Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Affected Software

Operating SystemComponentMaximum Security ImpactAggregate Severity RatingBulletins Replaced by this Update
DirectX 7.0
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4DirectX 7.0Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-033
DirectX 8.1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4DirectX 8.1*Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS09-011
DirectX 9.0
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4DirectX 9.0**Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS09-011
Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3DirectX 9.0**Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS09-011
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2DirectX 9.0**Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS09-011
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2DirectX 9.0**Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS09-011
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2DirectX 9.0**Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS09-011
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based SystemsDirectX 9.0**Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS09-011

*The update for DirectX 8.1 also applies to DirectX 8.1b.

**The update for DirectX 9.0 also applies to DirectX 9.0a, DirectX 9.0b, and DirectX 9.0c.

Non-Affected Software

Operating System
Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista Service Pack 2
Windows Vista x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This Security Update

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

DirectX NULL Byte Overwrite Vulnerability - CVE-2009-1537

DirectX Pointer Validation Vulnerability - CVE-2009-1538

DirectX Size Validation Vulnerability - CVE-2009-1539

Update Information

Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance

Security Update Deployment

Other Information

Acknowledgments

Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:

Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP)

To improve security protections for customers, Microsoft provides vulnerability information to major security software providers in advance of each monthly security update release. Security software providers can then use this vulnerability information to provide updated protections to customers via their security software or devices, such as antivirus, network-based intrusion detection systems, or host-based intrusion prevention systems. To determine whether active protections are available from security software providers, please visit the active protections Web sites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.

Support

  • Customers in the U.S. and Canada can receive technical support from Security Support or 1-866-PCSAFETY. There is no charge for support calls that are associated with security updates. For more information about available support options, see Microsoft Help and Support.
  • International customers can receive support from their local Microsoft subsidiaries. There is no charge for support that is associated with security updates. For more information about how to contact Microsoft for support issues, visit the International Support Web site.

Disclaimer

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Revisions

  • V1.0 (July 14, 2009): Bulletin published.
  • V2.0 (August 19, 2009): Bulletin updated to reflect that the update for DirectX 8.1 also applies to DirectX 8.1b.