Microsoft Security Bulletin MS10-009 - Critical
Vulnerabilities in Windows TCP/IP Could Allow Remote Code Execution (974145)
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This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if specially crafted packets are sent to a computer with IPv6 enabled. An attacker could try to exploit the vulnerability by creating specially crafted ICMPv6 packets and sending the packets to a system with IPv6 enabled. This vulnerability may only be exploited if the attacker is on-link.
This security update is rated Critical for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.
The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by changing the way Windows TCP/IP performs bounds checking and other packet handling operations. For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.
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. None
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.
|Operating System||Maximum Security Impact||Aggregate Severity Rating||Bulletins Replaced by this Update|
|Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista Service Pack 2||Remote Code Execution||Critical||None|
|Windows Vista x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2||Remote Code Execution||Critical||None|
|Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2*||Remote Code Execution||Critical||None|
|Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2*||Remote Code Execution||Critical||None|
|Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2||Remote Code Execution||Critical||None|
*Server Core installation affected. This update applies, with the same severity rating, to supported editions of Windows Server 2008, whether or not installed using the Server Core installation option. For more information on this installation option, see the MSDN article, Server Core. Note that the Server Core installation option does not apply to certain editions of Windows Server 2008; see Compare Server Core Installation Options.
|Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4|
|Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3|
|Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2|
|Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2|
|Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2|
|Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems|
|Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems|
|Windows 7 for x64-based Systems|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems|
Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:
- Sumit Gwalani, Drew Hintz, and Neel Mehta of Google Security Team for reporting the ICMPv6 Router Advertisement Vulnerability (CVE-2010-0239)
- Sumit Gwalani, Drew Hintz, and Neel Mehta of Google Security Team for reporting the Header MDL Fragmentation Vulnerability (CVE-2010-0240)
- Sumit Gwalani, Drew Hintz, and Neel Mehta of Google Security Team for reporting the ICMPv6 Route Information Vulnerability (CVE-2010-0241)
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- V1.0 (February 9, 2010): Bulletin published.
- V1.1 (February 10, 2010): Corrected the command-line information for the Disable the "Core Networking - Router Advertisement (ICMPv6-In)" inbound firewall rule workaround. This is an informational change only.