Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-020 - Important

Security Update for Active Directory Federation Services to Address Denial of Service (3134222)

Published: February 9, 2016

Version: 1.0

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). The vulnerability could allow denial of service if an attacker sends certain input data during forms-based authentication to an ADFS server, causing the server to become nonresponsive.

This security update is rated Important for ADFS 3.0 when installed on x64-based editions of Windows Server 2012 R2. For more information, see the Affected Software and Vulnerability Severity Ratings section.

The update addresses the vulnerability by adding additional verification checks in ADFS. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Vulnerability Information section.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3134222.

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.

The severity ratings indicated for each affected software 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 February bulletin summary.

Operating System

Component

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services Denial of Service Vulnerability CVE-2016-0037

Updates Replaced*

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Active Directory Federation Services 3.0
(3134222)

Important
Denial of Service

3045711 in MS15-040

Server Core installation option

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)

Active Directory Federation Services 3.0
(3134222)

Important
Denial of Service

3045711 in MS15-040

Note Windows Server Technical Preview 4 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*The Updates Replaced column shows only the latest update in any chain of superseded updates.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).

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services Denial of Service Vulnerability - CVE- 2016-0037

A denial of service vulnerability exists when Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) attempts to process certain input during forms-based authentication. An attacker who successfully exploits this vulnerability by sending certain input during forms-based authentication could cause the server to become nonresponsive.

The update addresses the vulnerability by adding additional checks on input data during forms-based authentication.

The following table contains links to the standard entry for each vulnerability in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list:

Vulnerability title

CVE number

Publicly disclosed

Exploited

Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services Denial of Service Vulnerability

CVE-2016-0037

No

No


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.

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  • V1.0 (February 9, 2016): Bulletin published.
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