Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-017 - Important
Vulnerability in DNS Server Could Allow Denial of Service (2647170)
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This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if a remote unauthenticated attacker sends a specially crafted DNS query to the target DNS server.
This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Windows Server 2003, 32-bit and x64-based editions of Windows Server 2008, and x64-based editions of Windows Server 2008 R2. 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 the DNS server handles objects in memory. 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 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.
Known Issues. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2647170 documents the currently known issues that customers may experience when installing this security update. The article also documents recommended solutions for these issues.
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 Server 2003 Service Pack 2||Denial of Service||Important||MS11-058,|
|Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2||Denial of Service||Important||MS11-058,|
|Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems||Denial of Service||Important||MS11-058,|
|Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2*||Denial of Service||Important||MS11-058|
|Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2*||Denial of Service||Important||MS11-058|
|Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1*||Denial of Service||Important||MS11-058|
*Server Core installation affected. This update applies, with the same severity rating, to supported editions of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 as indicated, whether or not installed using the Server Core installation option. For more information on this installation option, see the TechNet articles, Managing a Server Core Installation and Servicing a Server Core Installation. Note that the Server Core installation option does not apply to certain editions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2; see Compare Server Core Installation Options.
|Windows XP Service Pack 3|
|Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2|
|Windows Vista Service Pack 2|
|Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2|
|Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2|
|Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems and Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1|
|Windows 7 for x64-based Systems and Windows 7 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|
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- International customers can receive support from their local Microsoft subsidiaries. For more information about how to contact Microsoft for support issues, visit the International Support website.
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- V1.0 (March 13, 2012): Bulletin published.
- V1.1 (April 18, 2012): Added a link to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2647170 under Known Issues in the Executive Summary and corrected the bulletin replacement information for Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2, and Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems. This is a bulletin change only. There were no changes to the detection or security update files.