MS13-089 - Critical Vulnerability in Windows Graphics Device Interface Could Allow Remote Code Execution

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Details
Vulnerability name/brief description MS13-089 - Critical Vulnerability in Windows Graphics Device Interface Could Allow Remote Code Execution
CVE/CAN name
Vendor threat level Critical
SophosLabs threat level Medium
Solution MS13-089
Vendor description This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user views or opens a specially crafted Windows Write file in WordPad. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could gain the same user rights as the current user. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights.
SophosLabs comments This is a remote code execution vulnerability that is exploited by embedding a specially crafted image in a Windows Write file. The net effect is that it could cause a potential memory corruption error in the Windows Graphics Device Interface, potentially allowing a mode of attack by an unauthorised intruder. As this vulnerability was privately disclosed through proper channels, SophosLabs does not expect malware taking advantage of this vulnerability to be widely circulated for the moment. Nevertheless, SophosLabs will continue to monitor the situation and will raise detection where necessary.
SophosLabs testing result No SophosLabs testing result found
Currently known exploits No currently known exploits found
First sample seen No samples found
Discovery date 12 Nov 2013
Affected software Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 8 for x64-based Systems
Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows RT
Windows RT 8.1
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
References
Credits
  • MAPP
Revisions
  • November 12, 2013 - Initial Revision Written

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