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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-023
From: Microsoft Product Security <secnotif () MICROSOFT COM>
Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 08:50:05 -0700

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Title:      Unchecked Buffer in ISAPI Extension Could Enable 
            Compromise of IIS 5.0 Server
Date:       01 May 2001
Software:   Windows 2000 Server
            Windows 2000 Advanced Server
            Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
Impact:     Run code of attacker's choice, in Local System context
Bulletin:   MS01-023

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-023.asp.
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Issue:
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Windows 2000 introduced native support for the Internet Printing 
Protocol (IPP), an industry-standard protocol for submitting and 
controlling print jobs over HTTP. The protocol is implemented in 
Windows 2000 via an ISAPI extension that is installed by default on
all 
Windows 2000 servers but which can only be accessed via IIS 5.0. 

A security vulnerability results because the ISAPI extension contains
an unchecked buffer in a section of code that handles input
parameters. 
This could enable a remote attacker to conduct a buffer overrun
attack 
and cause code of her choice to run on the server. Such code would
run 
in the Local System security context. This would give the attacker 
complete control of the server, and would enable her to take
virtually 
any action she chose. 

The attacker could exploit the vulnerability against any server with 
which she could conduct a web session. No other services would need
to 
be available, and only port 80 (HTTP) or 443 (HTTPS) would need to be
open. Clearly, this is a very serious vulnerability, and Microsoft 
strongly recommends that all IIS 5.0 administrators install the patch
immediately. Alternatively, customers who cannot install the patch
can 
protect their systems by removing the mapping for Internet Printing 
ISAPI extension. 

Mitigating Factors:
====================
 - Servers on which the mapping for the Internet Printing 
   ISAPI extension has been removed are not at risk from 
   this vulnerability. The process for removing the mapping 
   is discussed in the IIS 5.0 Security Checklist
   (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/iis5chk.asp).
   The High Security template provided in the checklist 
   (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/tools.asp)
   removes the mapping, as does the Windows 2000 Internet 
   Security Tool unless the user explicitly chose to retain 
   Internet Printing. 
 - The attacker's ability to extend her control from a 
   compromised web server to other machines would be heavily 
   dependent on the specific configuration of the network. 
   Best practices recommend that the network architecture reflect 
   the position of special risk occupied by network-edge machines 
   like web servers and use measures like DMZs and limited domain 
   memberships to isolate such machines from the rest of the 
   network. Taking such measures would impede an attacker's ability 
   to broaden the scope of the compromise. 

Patch Availability:
===================
 - A patch is available to fix this vulnerability. Please read the 
   Security Bulletin
   http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms01-023.asp
   for information on obtaining this patch.

Acknowledgment:
===============
 - eEye Digital Security (http://www.eeye.com) 

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