Qualys Vulnerability R&D Lab has released new vulnerability checks in the Qualys Cloud Platform to protect organizations against 1 vulnerability that were fixed in 2 bulletins announced today by Microsoft. Customers can immediately audit their networks for these and other new vulnerabilities by accessing their Qualys subscription. Visit Qualys Security Blog to prioritize remediation.
Microsoft has released 2 security bulletins to fix newly discovered flaws in their software. Qualys has released the following checks for these new vulnerabilities:
The problem presents itself when a user views a malicious WMF formatted file, triggering the vulnerability when the engine attempts to parse the file. Any code execution that occurs will be with SYSTEM privileges due to the nature of the affected engine.
It should be noted that viewing a malicious file in Windows Explorer may automatically trigger this issue. Microsoft Windows XP is considered to be vulnerable at the moment. It is likely that other Windows operating systems are affected as well.
Windows XP Embedded Systems:- For additional information regarding security updates for embedded systems, refer to the following MSDN blog(s):
February Security Updates are Available (KB912919)
A local attacker could also exploit this issue to gain elevated privileges without any user interaction. It is noted that any application that is used to view the affected image type may present an attack vector.
Microsoft has rated this update as Critical.
The following are links for downloading patches to fix these vulnerabilities:
MS06-001 Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
MS06-001 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
MS06-001 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium based Systems and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium based Systems
MS06-001 Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
MS06-001 Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
MS06-001 Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
These new vulnerability checks are included in Qualys vulnerability signature 1.13.33-3. Each Qualys account is automatically updated with the latest vulnerability signatures as they become available. To view the vulnerability signature version in your account, from the Qualys Help menu, select the About tab.
To perform a selective vulnerability scan, configure a scan profile to use the following options:
In addition, prior to running a scan for these new vulnerabilities, you can estimate your exposure to these new threats by running the Risk Analysis Report, available from the Qualys Vulnerability Management Reports tab.
For more information, customers may contact Qualys Technical Support.
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