Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-065 - Important

Vulnerability in ICMPv6 could allow Denial of Service (2868623)

Published:

Version: 1.0

General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow a denial of service if the attacker sends a specially crafted ICMP packet to the target system.

This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the Windows TCP/IP stack allocates memory while processing specially crafted ICMPv6 packets. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.

Recommendation. Most 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 at the earliest opportunity 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.

Knowledge Base Article

Knowledge Base Article2868623
File informationYes
SHA1/SHA2 hashesYes
Known issuesYes

Affected and Non-Affected Software

The following software has 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, see Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Affected Software 

Operating SystemMaximum Security ImpactAggregate Severity RatingUpdates Replaced
Windows Vista
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows 7
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows 8
Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows RT
Windows RT[1]
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Server Core installation option
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049
Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(2868623)
Denial of ServiceImportant2845690 in MS13-049

[1]This update is available via Windows Update.

 

Non-Affected Software

Operating System
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

 

Update FAQ

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

ICMPv6 Vulnerability - CVE-2013-3183

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:

  • Basil Gabriel of Symantec for reporting the ICMPv6 Vulnerability (CVE-2013-3183)

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 go to the active protections websites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.

Support

How to obtain help and support for this security update

Disclaimer

The information provided in the Microsoft Knowledge Base is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Microsoft disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall Microsoft Corporation or its suppliers be liable for any damages whatsoever including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, loss of business profits or special damages, even if Microsoft Corporation or its suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages so the foregoing limitation may not apply.

Revisions

  • V1.0 (August 13, 2013): Bulletin published.