Vulnerability Note VU#810073

Microsoft Windows Secure Channel integer underflow

Original Release date: 14 Jun 2007 | Last revised: 14 Jun 2007

Overview

A vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Secure Channel security package may lead to execution of arbitrary code.

Description

Microsoft Windows Secure Channel (Schannel) security package implements standard network authentication protocols Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS). A vulnerability exists in the way Schannel handles specially crafted digital signatures from the server during the SSL handshake, which can result in an integer underflow and heap memory corruption. According to Microsoft Security Bulletin ms07-031:

    Schannel performs insufficient checks for specially crafted server-sent digital signatures during the SSL handshake.

Impact

According to Microsoft Security Bulletin ms07-031 this vulnerability affects different versions of Microsoft Windows differently:

On Windows XP... An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could remotely take complete control of an affected system.

On Windows 2000 this vulnerability could cause the affected system to stop accepting SSL and TLS connections.

On Windows 2003, the vulnerability could cause the affected system to automatically restart.

See Microsoft Security Bulletin ms07-031 for more detailed information.

Solution

Update
Microsoft has released an update to address this issue. See Microsoft Security Bulletin ms07-031 for more details.

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Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-13 Jun 2007
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References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin ms07-031. Microsoft credits Thomas Lim of COSEINC with reporting this issue.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2007-2218
  • Date Public: 12 Jun 2007
  • Date First Published: 14 Jun 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 14 Jun 2007
  • Severity Metric: 24.30
  • Document Revision: 15

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