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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-006 - Critical

Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel Could Allow Remote Code Execution (958690)

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Version: 1.0

General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves several privately reported vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel. The most serious vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user viewed a specially crafted EMF or WMF image file from an affected system.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, 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 validating input passed from user mode through the kernel component of GDI, correcting the way that the kernel validates handles, and changing the way that the Windows kernel handles specially crafted invalid pointers. 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 294781.

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.

Known Issues. None

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 SystemMaximum Security ImpactAggregate Severity RatingBulletins Replaced by this Update
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition and Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based SystemsRemote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems*Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems*Remote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based SystemsRemote Code ExecutionCriticalMS08-061

*Windows Server 2008 server core installation affected. For supported editions of Windows Server 2008, this update applies, with the same severity rating, whether or not Windows Server 2008 was installed using the Server Core installation option. For more information on this installation option, see 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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This Security Update

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

Windows Kernel Input Validation Vulnerability - CVE-2009-0081

Windows Kernel Handle Validation Vulnerability - CVE-2009-0082

Windows Kernel Invalid Pointer Vulnerability - CVE-2009-0083

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:

  • Helmut Buhler (http://home.arcor.de/clipboarder/) for reporting the Windows Kernel Input Validation Vulnerability (CVE-2009-0081)
  • Thomas Garnier of SkyRecon for reporting the Windows Kernel Handle Validation Vulnerability (CVE-2009-0082)

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 Microsoft Product Support Services at 1-866-PCSAFETY. There is no charge for support calls that are associated with security updates.
  • 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 (March 10, 2009): Bulletin published.