The networking flaw, which was reported privately to Microsoft, could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends a continuous flow of specially crafted UDP packets to a closed port on a target system. Successful exploitation of MS11-083 would let an attacker run arbitrary code in kernel mode. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. The flaw exists in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 but not in Windows XP or Windows Server 2003.
The remaining three bulletins are as follows:
MS11-085 – Vulnerability in Windows Mail and Windows Meeting Space Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2620704) – This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a legitimate file (such as an .eml or .wcinv file) that is located in the same network directory as a specially crafted dynamic link library (DLL) file. Then, while opening the legitimate file, Windows Mail or Windows Meeting Space could attempt to load the DLL file and execute any code it contained. For an attack to be successful, a user must visit an untrusted remote file system location or WebDAV share and open a legitimate file (such as an .eml or .wcinv file) from this location that is then loaded by a vulnerable application.
MS11-086< – Vulnerability in Active Directory Could Allow Elevation of Privilege (2630837) – This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Active Directory, Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service (AD LDS). The vulnerability could allow elevation of privilege if Active Directory is configured to use LDAP over SSL (LDAPS) and an attacker acquires a revoked certificate that is associated with a valid domain account and then uses that revoked certificate to authenticate to the Active Directory domain. By default, Active Directory is not configured to use LDAP over SSL.
MS11-084 – Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Denial of Service (2617657) – This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if a user opens a specially crafted TrueType font file as an e-mail attachment or navigates to a network share or WebDAV location containing a specially crafted TrueType font file. For an attack to be successful, a user must visit the untrusted remote file system location or WebDAV share containing the specially crafted TrueType font file, or open the file as an e-mail attachment. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to perform these actions. Instead, an attacker would have to persuade users to do so, typically by getting them to click a link in an e-mail message or Instant Messenger message.
Adobe Shockwave Player
Whilst Microsoft was busy fixing its networking code, Adobe posted a security bulletin about its Shockwave Player.
Critical vulnerabilities exist in Adobe Shockwave Player 126.96.36.1999 and earlier versions on the Windows and OS X. Successful exploitation would let an attacker run arbitrary code.
A new version of Shockwave Player is available which:
- Resolves a memory corruption vulnerability in the DIRapi library that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2446).
- Fixes a memory corruption vulnerability that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2447).
- Resolves a memory corruption vulnerability in the DIRApi library that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2448).
- Fixes multiple potential memory corruption vulnerabilities in the TextXtra module that could lead to code execution (CVE-2011-2449).