Launch Printer Friendly Page Security TechCenter > > Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-071

Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-071 - Important

Vulnerability in Windows Theme File Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2864063)

Published:

Version: 1.0

General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user applies a specially crafted Windows theme on their system. In all cases, a user cannot be forced to open the file or apply the theme; for an attack to be successful, a user must be convinced to do so.

This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. For supported editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008, this secuirty update as no severity rating. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by changing how Windows handles theme files and screensavers. 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 Article2864063
File informationYes
SHA1/SHA2 hashesYes
Known issuesNone

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 XP
Windows XP Service Pack 3
(2864063)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantNone
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(2864063)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantNone
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(2864063)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantNone
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(2864063)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantNone
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(2864063)
Remote Code ExecutionImportantNone
Windows Vista
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(2864063)
NoneNo severity rating[1]None
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(2864063)
NoneNo severity rating[1]None
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(2864063)
NoneNo severity rating[1]None
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(2864063)
NoneNo severity rating[1]None
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(2864063)
NoneNo severity rating[1]None

[1]Severity ratings do not apply to this update for the specified software because the known attack vectors for the vulnerability discussed in this bulletin are blocked in a default configuration. However, as a defense-in-depth measure, Microsoft recommends that customers of this software apply this security update.

 

Non-Affected Software

Operating System
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems
Windows Server 2012
Windows RT
Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 8.1 for 64-bit Systems
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows RT 8.1
Server Core installation option
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)

Update FAQ

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

Windows Theme File Remote Code Execution Vulnerability - CVE-2013-0810

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:

  • Eduardo Prado, working with VeriSign iDefense Labs, for reporting the Windows Theme File Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2013-0810)

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 (September 10, 2013): Bulletin published.