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January Black Tuesday Overview

Published: 2009-01-13
Last Updated: 2009-01-13 21:12:26 UTC
by Johannes Ullrich (Version: 1)
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Overview of the January 2009 Microsoft patches (KB article) and their status.

# Affected Contra Indications Known Exploits Microsoft rating ISC rating(*)
clients servers
MS09-001 Vulnerabilities in SMB Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Windows

KB958687
CVE-2008-4114
CVE-2008-4834
CVE-2008-4835

 

no known exploits. Microsoft considers a working exploit unlikely.

Critical Critical Critical
We will update issues on this page for about a week or so as they evolve.
We appreciate updates
US based customers can call Microsoft for free patch related support on 1-866-PCSAFETY
(*): ISC rating
  • We use 4 levels:
    • PATCH NOW: Typically used where we see immediate danger of exploitation. Typical environments will want to deploy these patches ASAP. Workarounds are typically not accepted by users or are not possible. This rating is often used when typical deployments make it vulnerable and exploits are being used or easy to obtain or make.
    • Critical: Anything that needs little to become "interesting" for the dark side. Best approach is to test and deploy ASAP. Workarounds can give more time to test.
    • Important: Things where more testing and other measures can help.
    • Less Urgent: Typically we expect the impact if left unpatched to be not that big a deal in the short term. Do not forget them however.
  • The difference between the client and server rating is based on how you use the affected machine. We take into account the typical client and server deployment in the usage of the machine and the common measures people typically have in place already. Measures we presume are simple best practices for servers such as not using outlook, MSIE, word etc. to do traditional office or leisure work.
  • The rating is not a risk analysis as such. It is a rating of importance of the vulnerability and the perceived or even predicted threat for affected systems. The rating does not account for the number of affected systems there are. It is for an affected system in a typical worst-case role.
  • Only the organization itself is in a position to do a full risk analysis involving the presence (or lack of) affected systems, the actually implemented measures, the impact on their operation and the value of the assets involved.
  • All patches released by a vendor are important enough to have a close look if you use the affected systems. There is little incentive for vendors to publicize patches that do not have some form of risk to them.

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Johannes B. Ullrich, Ph.D.
SANS Technology Institute

UPDATE:

ZDI has published (ZDI-09-001ZDI-09-002) notices for these that contain a small amount of additional information beyond what Microsoft has published:

001 refers to CVE-2008-4834 and adds:

"The specific flaw exists in the processing of SMB requests. By specifying malformed values during an NT Trans request an attacker can cause the target system to kernel panic thereby requiring a reboot of the system. Further manipulation can theoretically result in remote unauthenticated code execution."

002 refers to CVE-2008-4835 and adds:

"The specific flaw exists in the processing of SMB requests. By specifying malformed values during an NT Trans2 request an attacker can cause the target system to kernel panic thereby requiring a reboot of the system. Further manipulation can theoretically result in remote unauthenticated code execution."

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