MS13-098 - Vulnerability in Windows Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2893294)

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Details
Vulnerability name/brief description MS13-098 - Vulnerability in Windows Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2893294)
CVE/CAN name
Vendor threat level Critical
SophosLabs threat level High
Solution MS13-098
Vendor description This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if user or application runs or installs a specially crafted, signed portable executable (PE) file on an affected system. The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how the WinVerifyTrust function handles Windows Authenticode signature verification for portable executable files.
SophosLabs comments Although this vulnerability was privately reported through responsible disclosure, nevertheless, the WinVerifyTrust function is a critical component in identifying and verifying a Windows Authenticode signature of a validated PE file. As a result, SophosLabs strongly encourage users to apply the update as soon as it is available.
SophosLabs testing result No SophosLabs testing result found
Currently known exploits No currently known exploits found
First sample seen No samples found
Discovery date 10 Dec 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 64-bit Systems
Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
Windows 8.1 for 64-bit 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
  • December 10, 2013 - Initial Revision Written

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  • LOW RISK - There is little chance of this vulnerability being actively exploited by malware.
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  • HIGH RISK - There is a strong possibility of this vulnerability being actively exploited by malware.
  • CRITICAL RISK - This vulnerability will almost certainly be actively exploited by malware.

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Affected Software:

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