Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-068 - Critical

Vulnerabilities in Windows Hyper-V Could Allow Remote Code Execution (3072000)

Published: July 14, 2015

Version: 1.0

This security update resolves vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution in a host context if a specially crafted application is run by an authenticated and privileged user on a guest virtual machine hosted by Hyper-V. An attacker must have valid logon credentials for a guest virtual machine to exploit this vulnerability.

This security update is rated Critical for Windows Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2. For more information, see the Affected Software section.

The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting how Hyper-V initializes system data structures in guest virtual machines. For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Vulnerability Information section.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3072000.

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 Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8 for x64-based Systems
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3046359)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows Server 2012 R2
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows Server 2012 R2
(3046359)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Server Core installation option

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3046339)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3046359)

Remote Code Execution

Critical

None

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 July bulletin summary.

Vulnerability Severity Rating and Maximum Security Impact by Affected Software

Affected Software

Hyper-V Buffer Overflow Vulnerability - CVE-2015-2361
(3046359)

Hyper-V System Data Structure Vulnerability - CVE-2015-2362
(3046339)

Aggregate Severity Rating

Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

Not applicable

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

Windows Server 2008 R2

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

Not applicable

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8 for x64-based Systems

Not applicable

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012

Not applicable

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

Windows Server 2012 R2

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

Server Core installation option

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

Not applicable

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

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

Not applicable

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)

Not applicable

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical 
Remote Code Execution

Critical

 

Hyper-V Buffer Overflow Vulnerability - CVE-2015-2361

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Windows Hyper-V in a host context if an authenticated and privileged user on a guest virtual machine hosted by Hyper-V runs a specially crafted application.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must have valid logon credentials for a guest virtual machine. Systems where Windows Hyper-V is installed are primarily at risk. The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Hyper-V handles packet size memory initialization in guest virtual machines.

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.

Hyper-V System Data Structure Vulnerability - CVE-2015-2362

A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Windows Hyper-V in a host context if an authenticated and privileged user on a guest virtual machine hosted by Hyper-V runs a specially crafted application.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker must have valid logon credentials for a guest virtual machine. Systems where Windows Hyper-V is installed are primarily at risk. The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Hyper-V initializes system data structures in guest virtual machines.

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.

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 (July 14, 2015): Bulletin published.

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