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Exploits Against Obsolete Software

When obsolete software is detected on a scanned system, Qualys reports a high severity vulnerability. Software vendors either provide no patches for obsolete software, which clearly increases security risk over time. Or, software vendors provide private patches only to their customers with special support agreements, and Qualys does not have access to analyze private patches for vulnerabilities. It is therefore a best practice always to upgrade obsolete software as soon as possible.

To help demonstrate the risk of obsolete software, the Qualys Vulnerability Research Team periodically evaluates prevalent or important publicly available exploits against obsolete operating systems and software packages to determine if they are vulnerable. When an obsolete version is found to be vulnerable to an exploit, this information is integrated into the vulnerability detection to improve the accuracy and coverage of the detection. Findings from the Qualys Vulnerability Research Team are published below.

  • May 2017

    CPUJUL2016 - QID 86494 Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Oracle WebLogic Server, version(s) 10.3.6.0, 12.1.3.0, 12.2.1.0

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software
    Oracle WebLogic Server, version(s) 10.3.5.0

    Impact of Exploit
    Remote Code Execution

  • Sep 2015

    MS15-051 - QID 91049 Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2003 - Windows 8.1

    see advisory for full detail

    Exploit Used

    Metasploit v4.11.4 - 2015071402

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software
    Windows XP SP3

    Impact of Exploit
    Elevation of Privilege

  • Aug 2015

    MS15-010 - QID 91016 Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2003 - Windows 8.1

    see advisory for full detail

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software
    Windows XP SP3

    Impact of Exploit
    Elevation of Privilege

  • Jul 2015

    MS14-058 - QID 90983 Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2003 - Windows 8.1

    see advisory for full detail

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software
    Windows XP SP3

    Impact of Exploit
    Local Privilege Escalation

  • Jun 2015

    MS15-061 - QID 91059 Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2003 - Windows 8.1

    see advisory for full detail

    Exploit Used

    Duqu 2.0 pg 15

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software
    Windows XP SP3

    Impact of Exploit
    Elevation of Privilege

  • Apr 2015

    MS15-020 - QID 91029 Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2003 - Windows 8.1

    see advisory for full detail

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software
    Windows XP SP3 with IE7

    Impact of Exploit
    Remote Code Execution

  • Mar 2015

    MS14-064 - QID 90987 Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2003 - Windows 8.1

    see advisory for full detail

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software
    Windows XP SP3 with IE7

    Impact of Exploit
    Remote Code Execution

  • Oct 2011

    MS11-050 - QID 100103 Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    see advisory for full detail

    Exploit Used

    Metasploit 4.0.1dev

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software
    Windows XP SP2 with IE7

    Impact of Exploit
    Remote Code Execution

    Microsoft MS11-050 Exploit for Obsolete Windows XP SP

  • Oct 2011

    MS10-073 - QID 90611Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows XP SP3, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2,Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2,Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2,Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2*,Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2*,Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2,Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems,Windows 7 for x64-based Systems,Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems*,Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows XP SP2
    Windows XP SP1
    2000 sp4
    Windows Vista SP0
    Windows XP SP0
    windows 2003 enterprise 32bit sp1

    Impact of Exploit Elevation of Privilege

  • Oct 2011

    MS10-078 - QID 90654Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows XP SP3, Windows XP Pro x64 SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2003 x64 SP2

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Win 2000 RTM and all SP
    Win XP SP0, SP1, SP2
    Win XP x64 SP1
    Win 2003 SP0, SP1
    Win 2003 x64 SP0, SP1

    Impact of Exploit Elevation of Privilege

    Credit Diego Juarez of Core Security Technologies for reporting the OpenType Font Validation Vulnerability (CVE-2010-2741)

  • Oct 2011

    MS10-071 - QID 100091Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    IE6 running in Windows XP SP3, Windows XP x64 SP2, Windows 2003 SP2, Windows 2003 x64 SP2, Windows 2003 SP2 for Itanium

    IE7 running in Windows XP SP3, Windows XP x64 SP2, Windows 2003 SP2, Windows 2003 x64 SP2, Windows 2003 SP2 for Itanium, Windows Vista SP1-2, Windows Vista x64 SP1-2, Windows 2008 SP0-2, Windows 2008 x64 SP0-2, Windows 2001 SP0-2 for itanium

    IE8 running in Windows XP SP3, Windows XP x64 SP2, Windows 2003 SP2, Windows 2003 x64 SP2, Windows Vista SP1-2, Windows Vista x64 SP1-2, Windows 2008 SP0-2, Windows 2008 x64 SP0-2, Windows 7, Windows 7 x64, Windows 2008 R2 x64, Windows 2008 R2 for itanium

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software IE 6 running in XP SP2
    IE 7 running in XP SP2
    IE 8 running in XP SP2

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution

    Credit: This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Rodrigo Rubira Branco from Check Point Vulnerability Discovery Team (VDT). For more information click here.

  • Sep 2010

    MS10-061 - QID 90636Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows XP SP3, Windows XP x64 SP2, Windows 2003 SP2, Windows 2003 x64 SP2, Windows VISTA SP1, Windows VISTA SP2

    Exploit Used

    Metasploit 3.4.2dev "ms10_061_spoolss"

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows 2000
    Windows XP SP1
    Windows XP SP2
    Windows XP x64 SP1

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution


    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows 2003
    Windows 2003 SP1
    Windows 2003 x64
    Windows 2003 x64 SP 1
    Windows Vista

    Impact of Exploit Elevation of Privilege

  • Aug 2010

    MS10-047 - QID 90619Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows XP SP 3, Vista SP1, Vista SP2, Vista 64 SP1, Vista 64 SP2, Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems, Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems, Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2*, Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems, Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2, Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems, Windows 7 for x64-based Systems, Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems, Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows XP SP0
    Windows XP SP1
    Windows XP SP2
    Windows 2000 32bit

    Impact of Exploit Elevation of Privilege


    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows Vista

    Impact of Exploit Denial of service

  • Aug 2010

    MS10-054 - QID 90626Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows XP SP3/x64 SP2, 2003 SP2, Vista SP 1/2 , 2008 SP2, Windows 7

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows XP SP1
    Windows XP SP2
    Windows 2003
    Windows 2003 SP1

    Impact of Exploit Denial of Service

  • Aug 2010

    MS10-048 - QID 90627Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    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 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2, Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2*, Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2*, Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2, Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems, Windows 7 for x64-based Systems, Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems*, Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows XP SP2
    Windows 2003

    Impact of Exploit Denial of Service (BSOD)

  • Aug 2010

    MS10-048 - QID 90627Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows XP SP3, Windows XP 64 SP2

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows XP SP0
    Windows XP SP1
    Windows XP SP2
    Windows XP 64
    Windows XP 64 SP1

    Impact of Exploit Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

  • Aug 2010

    MS10-051 - QID 90625Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows XP SP3,Windows XP x64 Edition SP2, Windows 2003 SP2, 2003 x64 SP2, Windows Vista SP1,SP2, Windows Server 2008,SP2, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows 2000 sp4
    Windows XP x64 SP1
    Windows XP SP2
    Windows vista SP0

    Impact of Exploit Denial of Service

  • Jun 2010

    MS10-038 - QID 110124Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Microsoft Office XP SP3, Microsoft Office 2003 SP3, 2007 Microsoft Office System SP1/2, Microsoft Office Excel Viewer SP1/2, Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats Service Pack 1/2, Microsoft Office for Mac 2004/2008, Open XML File Format Converter for Mac

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Microsoft Office System 2007 Service Pack 0

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution

  • Jul 2010

    KB2286198 - QID 90616Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows XP SP3, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP2,Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition SP2,Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems,Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Vista SP2,Windows Vista x64 Edition SP1 and Windows Vista x64 Edition SP2,Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems SP2,Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems SP2,Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems SP2,Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems,Windows 7 for x64-based Systems,Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems,Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems

    Exploit Used

    ExploitDB #14403 "Microsoft Windows Automatic LNK Shortcut File Code Execution"

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows XP SP0/1/2 32bit
    Windows 2003 SP1 32bit
    Windows Vista SP0 32 bit

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution

  • Jul 2010

    MS10-018 - QID 100075Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2000 SP4 with IE6 SP1, Windows XP SP2/3 with IE6/7, Windows Server 2003 SP2 with IE6/7, Windows Vista SP0/1/2 with IE7, Windows 2008 SP0/2 with IE7

    Exploit Used

    Metasploit 3.4.1dev "ms10_018_ie_behaviors" using "windows/exec" payload

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows XP SP0 with IE6
    Windows XP SP1 with IE6
    Windows 2003 SP1 with IE6

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution


    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows 2003 SP1 with IE7

    Impact of Exploit Denial of Service

    Windows XP SP0 + IE6 Update Version 0


    Windows 2003 SP1 + IE6 SP1

  • Jul 2010

    MS10-002 - QID 100078Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2000 SP4 with IE6 SP1, Windows XP SP2/3 with IE6, Windows Server 2003 SP2 with IE6

    Exploit Used

    Metasploit 3.4.1dev "ms10_002_aurora" with payload "windows/exec"

    Note

    Metasploit currently only has an exploit for IE6

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows 2000 SP1 with IE6
    Windows XP SP0 with IE6
    Windows XP SP1 with IE6

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution

    Windows 2000 SP1 + IE SP1 and XP SP0/1 + IE SP0/1

  • Jul 2010

    MS09-072 - QID 90570Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Windows 2000 SP4 with IE6 SP1, Windows XP SP2/3 with IE6/7, Windows Server 2003 SP2 with IE6/7, Windows Vista SP0/1/2 with IE7, Windows 2008 SP0/2 with IE7

    Exploit Used

    etasploit 3.4.1dev "ms09_072_style_object" with payload "windows/exec"

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows XP SP0 with IE6

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution


    Additional Vulnerable Software Windows 2003 SP0 with IE6

    Impact of Exploit Denial of Service

    Microsoft MS09-072 Exploit for Obsolete Windows XP SP0 and 2003 SP0

  • Jul 2010

    MS09-067 - QID 110096Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Microsoft Office Excel 2002 SP3, Microsoft Office Excel 2003 SP3, Microsoft Office Excel 2007 SP1, Microsoft Office Excel 2007 SP2

    Exploit Used

    Metasploit 3.4.1dev "ms09_067_excel_featheader" with payload "windows/exec"

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Office XP SP0
    Office XP SP1
    Office 2007 SP0

    Impact of Exploit Denial of Service


    Additional Vulnerable Software Office Excel 2003 SP0

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution

  • Jul 2010

    MS09-043 - QID 110101Expand +

    Vulnerable Software per Vendor Advisory

    Microsoft Office XP SP3, Microsoft Office 2003 SP3, Microsoft Office 2000 Web Components SP3, Microsoft Office XP Web Components SP3, Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components SP1 for the 2007 Microsoft Office System

    Exploit Used

    Metasploit 3.4.1dev "ms09_043_owc_msdso" with payload "windows/exec"

    Note

    Metasploit currently only has an exploit for Office Web Components

    Findings

    Additional Vulnerable Software Office XP SP0

    Impact of Exploit Denial of Service


    Additional Vulnerable Software Office XP SP1
    Windows 2003 SP1 with Office XP SP2

    Impact of Exploit Remote Code Execution