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Microsoft Server service RPC stack buffer overflow vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#827267

Original Release Date: 2008-10-23 | Last Revised: 2009-11-02


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.

Vendor Information


Microsoft Corporation Affected

Updated:  November 05, 2008



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

Please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-067.

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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
Severity Metric: 88.20
Date Public: 2008-10-23
Date First Published: 2008-10-23
Date Last Updated: 2009-11-02 22:36 UTC
Document Revision: 30

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