Update: MS05-011 EEYE: Windows SMB Client Transaction Response Handling Vulnerability Mar 09 2005 10:07PM
Marc Maiffret (mmaiffret eeye com)
Windows NT 4.0 was found to be vulnerable to bugs resolved in the
MS05-011 patch. Microsoft will not be releasing a public Windows NT 4.0
patch due to the products end of life. Microsoft has however created a
private patch for customers whom have paid for extended Windows NT 4.0
support. For more information on extended Windows NT 4.0 support please


But enough of me being a spokesperson to Microsoft customers for
Microsoft... ;-)

If your organization is unlucky enough to still have Windows NT 4.0
systems (most due) and your not able to pay for extended support then
you do not have a whole lot of options. One way we found to mitigate
these attacks, at least some of them, is to enable SMB Signing. This
does not truly mitigate the attack but instead it creates change in the
SMB protocol that most attack tools I have seen do not support.
Therefore it breaks them from being able to successfully exploit remote
systems. In the end though an attacker can obviously add support for SMB
signing and your back to being vulnerable. It is however better than
nothing. For information on how to turn on SMB signing visit:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;161372 Also you
should read and implement the NSA Windows NT 4.0 security guidelines as
they can in some cases provide more mitigation from attacks:
http://www.nsa.gov/snac/downloads_winnt.cfm?MenuID=scg10.3.1.1 Obviously
any change at this level of the OS should be documented because there is
a good chance some legacy apps might break.

eEye customers with Blink (Host IPS) are protected from these attacks on
NT 4.0 systems regardless of patch level and without impact to
application functionality.

Marc Maiffret
Chief Hacking Officer
eEye Digital Security
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| -----Original Message-----
| From: Marc Maiffret [mailto:mmaiffret (at) eeye (dot) com [email concealed]]
| Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2005 4:14 PM
| To: BUGTRAQ (at) SECURITYFOCUS (dot) COM [email concealed]
| Subject: EEYE: Windows SMB Client Transaction Response
| Handling Vulnerability
| Windows SMB Client Transaction Response Handling Vulnerability
| Release Date:
| February 8, 2005
| Date Reported:
| August 2, 2004
| Severity:
| High (Remote Code Execution)
| Vendor:
| Microsoft
| Systems Affected:
| Windows 2000
| Windows XP
| Windows Server 2003
| Overview:
| eEye Digital Security has discovered a vulnerability in
| Windows SMB client's handling of SMB responses. An attacker
| who can cause an affected system to connect to the SMB
| service on a malicious host may exploit this vulnerability in
| order to execute code on the victim's machine.
| Technical Details:
| The driver MRXSMB.SYS is responsible for performing SMB
| client operations and processing the responses returned by an
| SMB server service. A number of important Windows File
| Sharing operations, and all RPC-over-named-pipes, use the SMB
| commands Trans (25h) and Trans2 (32h). A malicious SMB server
| can respond with specially crafted Transaction response data
| that will cause an overflow wherever the data is handled,
| either in MRXSMB.SYS or in client code to which it provides
| data. One example would be if the file name and short file
| name length fields in a Trans2 FIND_FIRST2 response packet
| can be supplied with inappropriately large values in order to
| cause an excessive memcpy to occur when the data is handled.
| In the case of these examples an attacker could leverage
| file:// links, that when clicked by a remote user, would lead
| to code execution.
| Protection:
| Retina - Network Security Scanner - has been updated to
| identify this vulnerability.
| Blink - End-Point Vulnerability Prevention - protects from
| this vulnerability.
| Vendor Status:
| Microsoft has released a patch for this vulnerability. The
| patch is available at:
| http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS05-011.mspx
| Credit:
| Yuji Ukai, Derek Soeder
| Related Links:
| Retina - Network Security Scanner -
| http://www.eeye.com/html/products/retina/index.html
| Blink - End-Point Vulnerability Prevention -
| http://www.eeye.com/html/products/blink/index.html
| Greetings:
| KiP(he is back), altoids, cretz, hsj, commit(it works
| well...), Ink, Rhone, Rose, Mr. White, Chris, Joy, Spot,
| Alena, Brey, and Cristo.
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