Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-052 - Important

Vulnerability in Windows Kernel Could Allow Security Feature Bypass (3050514)

Published: May 12, 2015

Version: 1.0

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow security feature bypass if an attacker logs on to an affected system and runs a specially crafted application.

This security update is rated Important for supported editions of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, and Windows RT 8.1. For more information, see the Affected Software section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting the way that the Windows kernel validates the origin of the request. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Vulnerability Information section.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3050514.

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 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems [1]
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Windows 8 for x64-based Systems [1]
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 [1]
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Windows Server 2012 R2
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1

Windows RT[2]
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Windows RT 8.1[2]
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Server Core installation option

Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3050514)

Security Feature Bypass

Important

3023562 in MS15-010

[1]Note that update 3050514 is superseded by 3061518 in MS15-055, which is releasing concurrently. Customers who intend to install both updates manually on Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 should install 3050514 in MS15-052 prior to installing 3061518 in MS15-055 (this is taken care of automatically for customers with automatic updating enabled). For more information, see the Known Issues section of Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3050514.

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

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 May bulletin summary.

Vulnerability Severity Rating and Maximum Security Impact by Affected Software

Affected Software

Windows Kernel Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability - CVE-2015-1674

Aggregate Severity Rating

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows 8 for x64-based Systems
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows Server 2012 R2
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1

Windows RT
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows RT 8.1
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Server Core installation option

Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3050514)

Important
Security Feature Bypass

Important

Windows Kernel Security Feature Bypass Vulnerability - CVE-2015-1674

A security feature bypass vulnerability exists when the Windows kernel fails to properly validate a memory address, allowing an attacker to retrieve information that could lead to a Kernel Address Space Layout Randomization (KASLR) bypass. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability can then retrieve the base address of cng.sys from a compromised process.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would have to log on to an affected system and run a specially crafted application. The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting the way that the Windows kernel validates memory addresses.

Microsoft received information about this vulnerability through coordinated vulnerability disclosure. When this security bulletin was originally issued Microsoft had not received any information to indicate that this vulnerability had been publicly used to attack customers.

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 (May 12, 2015): Bulletin published.

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