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[ISSForum] ISS Security Brief: Microsoft RPC Race Condition Denial of Service
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Internet Security Systems Security Brief
October 14, 2003
Microsoft RPC Race Condition Denial of Service
ISS X-Force has discovered a flaw in the Microsoft RPC service during a
routine audit that may allow remote attackers to trigger a Denial of
Service (DoS) condition on vulnerable hosts. This vulnerability exists in
the most current patch-levels of the Windows operating systems, including
computers patched against the issues described in Microsoft Security
Bulletin MS03-039. This vulnerability has been reported by various sources
as a new exploit vector against the vulnerability disclosed in MS03-039.
This assessment is incorrect. The vulnerability described in this Advisory
manifests as a result of a separate multi-threaded race condition when
processing incoming RPC requests.
X-Force has demonstrated that a DoS vulnerability exists by exploiting the
race condition. Attackers can take advantage of this vulnerability by
crashing the Microsoft RPC service, and/or forcing vulnerable systems to
reboot. X-Force has not demonstrated that this vulnerability can be used
to execute arbitrary code or to compromise a vulnerable system.
Significant barriers exist which may prevent reliable exploitation
outside of controlled lab conditions.
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows XP
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