Vulnerability Note VU#827267

Microsoft Server service RPC stack buffer overflow vulnerability

Original Release date: 23 Oct 2008 | Last revised: 02 Nov 2009


A stack buffer overflow vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows Server service may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.


MS08-067 includes the following information about the Microsoft Server service:

    The Server service provides RPC support, file print support and named pipe sharing over the network. The Server service allows the sharing of your local resources (such as disks and printers) so that other users on the network can access them. It also allows named pipe communication between applications running on other computers and your computer, which is used for RPC.

The Microsoft Server service contains a stack buffer overflow vulnerability in the handling of Remote Procedure Call (RPC) messages.

Exploit code for this vulnerability is publicly available, and the vulnerability is being currently exploited in the wild.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges on a vulnerable system.
Certain versions of malicious code called Conficker or Downadup attempt to exploit this vulnerability.


Apply the updates referenced in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067.

Block or Restrict Access

Block access to SMB services (139/tcp, 445/tcp) from untrusted networks such as the Internet. This and additional workarounds are provide in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-05 Nov 2008
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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Thanks to Microsoft for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2008-4250
  • US-CERT Alert: TA08-297A
  • Date Public: 23 Oct 2008
  • Date First Published: 23 Oct 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 02 Nov 2009
  • Severity Metric: 88.20
  • Document Revision: 30


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