Microsoft Security Bulletin MS12-054 - Critical

Vulnerabilities in Windows Networking Components Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2733594)

Published: | Updated:

Version: 2.2

General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends a specially crafted response to a Windows print spooler request. Firewall best practices and standard default firewall configurations can help protect networks from attacks that originate outside the enterprise perimeter. Best practices recommend that systems connected directly to the Internet have a minimal number of ports exposed.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003; Important for all supported editions of Windows Vista; and Moderate for all supported editions of Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows 2008 R2. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting how the Windows Print Spooler handles specially crafted responses and how Windows networking components handle Remote Administration Protocol (RAP) responses. 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. 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 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, see Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Affected Software 

Operating SystemMaximum Security ImpactAggregate Severity RatingUpdates Replaced
Windows XP
Windows XP Service Pack 3
(KB2705219)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalKB958644 in MS08-067 replaced by KB2705219
Windows XP Service Pack 3
(KB2712808)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(KB2705219)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalKB958644 in MS08-067 replaced by KB2705219
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(KB2712808)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceImportantKB958644 in MS08-067 replaced by KB2705219
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(KB2712808)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceImportantKB958644 in MS08-067 replaced by KB2705219
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(KB2712808)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceImportantKB958644 in MS08-067 replaced by KB2705219
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(KB2712808)
Remote Code ExecutionCriticalKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Vista
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceImportantKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceImportantKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows 7
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Server Core installation option
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateKB961501 in MS09-022 replaced by KB2712808
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems (Server Core installation)
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems (Server Core installation)
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(KB2705219)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(KB2712808)
Denial of ServiceModerateNone

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This Security Update

Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers

Remote Administration Protocol Denial of Service Vulnerability - CVE-2012-1850

Print Spooler Service Format String Vulnerability - CVE-2012-1851

Remote Administration Protocol Heap Overflow Vulnerability - CVE-2012-1852

Remote Administration Protocol Stack Overflow Vulnerability - CVE-2012-1853

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:

  • Yamata Li of Palo Alto Networks for reporting the Remote Administration Protocol Denial of Service Vulnerability (CVE-2012-1850)
  • Yamata Li of Palo Alto Networks for reporting the Print Spooler Service Format String Vulnerability (CVE-2012-1851)
  • Yamata Li of Palo Alto Networks for reporting the Remote Administration Protocol Heap Overflow Vulnerability (CVE-2012-1852)
  • Yamata Li of Palo Alto Networks for reporting the Remote Administration Protocol Stack Overflow Vulnerability (CVE-2012-1853)

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

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Revisions

  • V1.0 (August 14, 2012): Bulletin published.
  • V1.1 (August 15, 2012): Clarified that the KB2712808 update is only offered to systems running a Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 R2 when the Printing-ServerCore-Role setting is enabled.
  • V2.0 (October 9, 2012): Revised bulletin to rerelease the KB2705219 update for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2. Customers using Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 do not need to apply the rereleased update packages to avoid an issue with digital certificates described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2749655. Customers using Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 need to apply the rereleased update packages to avoid an issue with digital certificates described in Microsoft Security Advisory 2749655.
  • V2.1 (October 10, 2012): For the rereleased KB2705219 update, added an FAQ entry to provide deployment guidance. See the update FAQ for details.
  • V2.2 (July 9, 2013): Bulletin revised to announce a detection change in the Windows Vista packages for the 2705219 update 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.