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A remote code execution and local elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in Plug and Play that could allow an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability to take complete control of the affected system.
An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of the affected system.
Technical details (analysis)
Plug and Play (PnP) allows the operating system to detect new hardware when you install it on a system. For example, when you install a new mouse on your system, PnP allows Windows to detect it, allows Windows to load the needed drivers, and allows Windows to begin using the new mouse.
An unchecked buffer in the Plug and Play service causes the vulnerability to trigger. On Windows 2000, an anonymous attacker could try to exploit the vulnerability by creating a specially crafted message and sending the message to an affected system. The message could then cause the affected system to execute code. This would be possible remotely on Windows XP Service Pack 1 from authenticated users only. On Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows Server 2003, to try to exploit the vulnerability, an attacker must be able to log on locally to a system and could then run a specially crafted application.
Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with SP1 for Itanium-based Systems
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition
Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME)
Release Date: 2007-05-08T00:00:00
Known false positives
No known false positives at this time.
To help protect from network-based attempts to exploit this vulnerability, use a personal firewall, such as the Internet Connection Firewall, which is included with Windows XP Service Pack 1.
Block TCP ports 139 and 445 at the firewall
To help protect from network-based attempts to exploit this vulnerability, enable advanced TCP/IP filtering on systems that support this feature.
To help protect from network-based attempts to exploit this vulnerability, block the affected ports by using IPsec on the affected systems.