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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS99-017 - Important

Patch Available for "RAS and RRAS Password" Vulnerability

Published: May 27, 1999 | Updated: March 21, 2003

Version: 2.0

Patch Availability Information Updated: March 21, 2003
Originally Posted: May 27, 1999

Summary

Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in the Microsoft® Windows NT® Remote Access Service (RAS) and Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) clients, in which a user's password is cached even if the user de-selects the ";Save password"; option.

Issue

When the client software for Microsoft RAS or RRAS is used to dial into a server, a dialogue requests the user's userid and password for the server. On the same dialogue is a checkbox whose caption reads ";Save password"; and which is intended to provide the user with the option to cache their security credentials if desired. However, the implemented client functionality actually caches the user's credentials regardless of whether the checkbox is selected or de-selected.

Cached security credentials, which include the password, are stored and encrypted in the registry and protected by ACLs whose default values authorize only local administrators and the owner of the credentials to access them. Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4 also provides the ability to strongly encrypts the password data stored in the registry using the SYSKEY feature.

While there are no reports of customers being adversely affected by this vulnerability, Microsoft is proactively releasing a patch that restores correct functionality to the password caching function. The patch should be applied to all machines that are used as RAS or RRAS clients. It is important to note that RRAS servers also can be used as RAS clients, and any machines used in such a capacity should have the patch applied as well.

Affected Software Versions

  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0, Enterprise Edition

Vulnerability Identifier: CVE-1999-0755

What Microsoft is Doing

Microsoft has released patches that fix the problem identified. The patches are available for download from the sites listed below in What Customers Should Do.

Microsoft also has sent this security bulletin to customers subscribing to the Microsoft Product Security Notification Service. See <a href="/technet/security/bulletin/notify.mspx"& The Microsoft Product Security Notification Service for more information about this free customer service.

Microsoft has published the following Knowledge Base (KB) article on this issue:

What Customers Should Do

Microsoft highly recommends that customers evaluate the degree of risk that this vulnerability poses to their systems and determine whether to download and install the patch. The patch can be found at:

More Information

Please see the following references for more information related to this issue.

Obtaining Support on this Issue

If you require technical assistance with this issue, please contact Microsoft Technical Support. For information on contacting Microsoft Technical Support, please see http://support.microsoft.com/contactussupport/?ws=support.

Revisions

  • May 27, 1999: Bulletin Created.
  • V2.0 (March 21, 2003): Introduced versioning and updated patch availability information

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