Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-119 - Important

Security Update for Winsock to Address Elevation of Privilege (3104521)

Published: November 10, 2015

Version: 1.0

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if an attacker logs on to a target system and runs specially crafted code that is designed to exploit the vulnerability.

This security update is rated Important for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows. For more information, see the Affected Software section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by preventing Winsock from accessing invalid memory addresses. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Vulnerability Information section.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3104521.

The following software versions or editions are affected. Versions or editions that are not listed 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.

Operating System

Maximum Security Impact

Aggregate Severity Rating

Updates Replaced*

Windows Vista

Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows 7

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows 8 for x64-based Systems
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 and 2973408 in MS14-040

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 and 2973408 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2012 R2
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 and 2973408 in MS14-040

Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1

Windows RT[1]
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows RT 8.1[1]
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows 10

Windows 10 for 32-bit Systems [2]
(3105213)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

3097617

Windows 10 for x64-based Systems [2]
(3105213)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

3097617

Windows 10 Version 1511 for 32-bit Systems [4]
(3105211)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

None

Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems [4]
(3105211)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

None

Server Core installation option

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 in MS14-040

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Elevation of Privilege

Important

2961072 and 2973408 in MS14-040

[1]This update is only available via Windows Update.

[2]Windows 10 updates are cumulative. In addition to containing non-security updates, they also contain all of the security fixes for all of the Windows 10-affected vulnerabilities shipping with the monthly security release. The updates are available via the Microsoft Update Catalog.

Note Windows Server Technical Preview 3 is affected. Customers running this operating system are encouraged to apply the update, which is available via Windows Update.

*The Updates Replaced column shows only the latest update in any chain of superseded updates. For a comprehensive list of updates replaced, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog, search for the update KB number, and then view update details (updates replaced information is provided on the Package Details tab).

The following severity ratings assume the potential maximum impact of the vulnerability. For information regarding the likelihood, within 30 days of this security bulletin's release, of the exploitability of the vulnerability in relation to its severity rating and security impact, please see the Exploitability Index in the November bulletin summary.

Vulnerability Severity Rating and Maximum Security Impact by Affected Software

Affected Software

Winsock Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability - CVE-2015-2478

Aggregate Severity Rating

Windows Vista

Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 7

Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 8 for x64-based Systems
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2012 R2
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1

Windows RT
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows RT 8.1
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 10

Windows 10 for 32-bit Systems
(3105213)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 10 for x64-based Systems
(3105213)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 10 Version 1511 for 32-bit Systems
(3105211)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems
(3105211)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Server Core installation option

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3092601)

Important 
Elevation of Privilege

Important

Winsock Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability - CVE-2015-2478

An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in Microsoft Windows when Winsock makes a call to a memory address without verifying that the address is valid. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain elevated privileges on a targeted system.

To exploit the vulnerability an attacker would first have to log on to the target system and then run specially crafted code that is designed to elevate their privileges. The security update addresses the vulnerability by preventing Winsock from accessing invalid memory addresses.

Microsoft received information about this vulnerability through coordinated vulnerability disclosure. At the time this security bulletin was originally issued, Microsoft was unaware of any attack attempting to exploit this vulnerability.

Mitigating Factors

Microsoft has not identified any mitigating factors for this vulnerability.

Workarounds

Microsoft has not identified any workarounds for this vulnerability.

For Security Update Deployment information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article referenced here in the Executive Summary.

Microsoft recognizes the efforts of those in the security community who help us protect customers through coordinated vulnerability disclosure. See Acknowledgments for more information.

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.

  • V1.0 (November 10, 2015): Bulletin published.

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