Microsoft Security Bulletin MS11-092 - Critical

Vulnerability in Windows Media Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2648048)

Published: | Updated:

Version: 1.1

General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted Microsoft Digital Video Recording (.dvr-ms) file. In all cases, a user cannot be forced to open the file; for an attack to be successful, a user must be convinced to do so.

This security update is rated Critical for all affected editions of Windows XP (including Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005) and all supported editions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way that Windows Media Player and Windows Media Center open specially crafted .dvr-ms files. 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. 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

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
Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 Service Pack 3
(KB2619340)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone
Windows XP Service Pack 3
(KB2619339)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(KB2619339)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(KB2619339)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(KB2619339)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2619339)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2619339)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalNone

Non-Affected Software

Operating System
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This Security Update

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

Windows Media Player DVR-MS Memory Corruption Vulnerability - CVE-2011-3401

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:

  • An anonymous researcher, working with VeriSign iDefense Labs, for reporting the Windows Media Player DVR-MS Memory Corruption Vulnerability (CVE-2011-3401)

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 (December 13, 2011): Bulletin published.
  • V1.1 (July 31, 2012): Bulletin revised to announce a detection change in the Windows Vista packages for KB2619339 to correct a Windows Update reoffering issue. This is a detection change only. Customers who have already successfully updated their systems do not need to take any action.