MS13-065: Vulnerability in ICMPv6 could allow Denial of Service (2868623)

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.


Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-065 - Important

Vulnerability in ICMPv6 could allow Denial of Service (2868623)

Published: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Version: 1.0


General Information

Executive Summary

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow a denial of service if the attacker sends a specially crafted ICMP packet to the target system.

This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows RT. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the Windows TCP/IP stack allocates memory while processing specially crafted ICMPv6 packets. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.

Recommendation. Most customers have automatic updating enabled and will not need to take any action because this security update will be downloaded and installed automatically. Customers who have not enabled automatic updating need to check for updates and install this update manually. For information about specific configuration options in automatic updating, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 294871.

For administrators and enterprise installations, or end users who want to install this security update manually Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update at the earliest opportunity using update management software, or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service.

See also the section, Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance, later in this bulletin.
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Knowledge Base Article






Knowledge Base Article

2868623




File information

Yes



SHA1/SHA2 hashes

Yes



Known issues

Yes

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Affected and Non-Affected Software

The following software has been tested to determine which versions or editions are affected. Other versions or editions are either past their support life cycle or are not affected. To determine the support life cycle for your software version or edition, see Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

Affected Software








Operating System

Maximum Security Impact

Aggregate Severity Rating

Updates Replaced




Windows Vista




Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049




Windows Server 2008




Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049




Windows 7




Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049




Windows Server 2008 R2




Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049




Windows 8




Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049




Windows Server 2012




Windows Server 2012
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049




Windows RT




Windows RT[1]
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049




Server Core installation option




Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049



Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(2868623)

Denial of Service

Important

2845690 in MS13-049


[1]This update is available via Windows Update.



Non-Affected Software





Operating System




Windows XP Service Pack 3



Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2



Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2



Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2



Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems



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Update FAQ


MS13-064 and MS13-065 both address vulnerabilities leveraging ICMP. Are these security updates related?
No. The security updates are not related. Customers should apply the updates for the software installed on their systems.

I am using an older release of the software discussed in this security bulletin. What should I do?
The affected software listed in this bulletin has been tested to determine which releases are affected. Other releases are past their support life cycle. For more information about the product lifecycle, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle website.

It should be a priority for customers who have older releases of the software to migrate to supported releases to prevent potential exposure to vulnerabilities. To determine the support lifecycle for your software release, see Select a Product for Lifecycle Information. For more information about service packs for these software releases, see Service Pack Lifecycle Support Policy.

Customers who require custom support for older software must contact their Microsoft account team representative, their Technical Account Manager, or the appropriate Microsoft partner representative for custom support options. Customers without an Alliance, Premier, or Authorized Contract can contact their local Microsoft sales office. For contact information, see the Microsoft Worldwide Information website, select the country in the Contact Information list, and then click Go to see a list of telephone numbers. When you call, ask to speak with the local Premier Support sales manager. For more information, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.
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Vulnerability Information

Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers


The following severity ratings assume the potential maximum impact of the vulnerability. For information regarding the likelihood, within 30 days of this security bulletin's release, of the exploitability of the vulnerability in relation to its severity rating and security impact, please see the Exploitability Index in the August bulletin summary. For more information, see Microsoft Exploitability Index.

Vulnerability Severity Rating and Maximum Security Impact by Affected Software







Affected Software

ICMPv6 Vulnerability - CVE-2013-3183

Aggregate Severity Rating




Windows Vista




Windows Vista Service Pack 2

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2

Important
Denial of Service

Important




Windows Server 2008




Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2

Important
Denial of Service

Important




Windows 7




Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

Important
Denial of Service

Important




Windows Server 2008 R2




Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1

Important
Denial of Service

Important




Windows 8




Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows 8 for 64-bit Systems

Important
Denial of Service

Important




Windows Server 2012




Windows Server 2012

Important
Denial of Service

Important




Windows RT




Windows RT

Important
Denial of Service

Important




Server Core installation option




Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)

Important
Denial of Service

Important



Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)

Important
Denial of Service

Important

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ICMPv6 Vulnerability - CVE-2013-3183


A denial of service vulnerability exists in the Windows TCP/IP stack that could cause the target system to stop responding until restarted. The vulnerability is caused when the TCP/IP stack does not properly allocate memory for incoming ICMPv6 packets.

To view this vulnerability as a standard entry in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list, see CVE-2013-3183.

Mitigating Factors


Mitigation refers to a setting, common configuration, or general best-practice, existing in a default state, that could reduce the severity of exploitation of a vulnerability. The following mitigating factors may be helpful in your situation:
Firewall best practices and standard default firewall configurations can help protect networks from attacks that originate outside the enterprise perimeter. Best practices recommend that systems connected directly to the Internet have a minimal number of ports exposed.
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Workarounds


Microsoft has not identified any workarounds for this vulnerability.
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FAQ


What is the scope of the vulnerability?
This is a denial of service vulnerability.

What causes the vulnerability?
The vulnerability is caused when the Windows TCP/IP stack improperly handles memory allocation while processing specially crafted ICMPv6 packets.

What is Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)?
Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) is an error reporting and diagnostic utility and is considered a required part of any IP implementation. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 170292.

What might an attacker use the vulnerability to do?
An unauthenticated attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could cause the target system to stop responding until restarted.

How could an attacker exploit the vulnerability?
An unauthenticated attacker could send specially crafted ICMPv6 packets to the target system.

What systems are primarily at risk from the vulnerability?
Any computer running an affected version of Microsoft Windows is at risk from the vulnerability.

What does the update do?
The update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the Windows TCP/IP stack allocates memory while processing specially crafted ICMPv6 packets.

When this security bulletin was issued, had this vulnerability been publicly disclosed?
No. Microsoft received information about this vulnerability through coordinated vulnerability disclosure.

When this security bulletin was issued, had Microsoft received any reports that this vulnerability was being exploited?
No. Microsoft had not received any information to indicate that this vulnerability had been publicly used to attack customers when this security bulletin was originally issued.
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Update Information

Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance


Several resources are available to help administrators deploy security updates.
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) lets administrators scan local and remote systems for missing security updates and common security misconfigurations.
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server (SMS), and System Center Configuration Manager help administrators distribute security updates.
The Update Compatibility Evaluator components included with Application Compatibility Toolkit aid in streamlining the testing and validation of Windows updates against installed applications.

For information about these and other tools that are available, see Security Tools for IT Pros.
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Security Update Deployment


Affected Software

For information about the specific security update for your affected software, click the appropriate link:

Windows Vista (all editions)


Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.






Security update file names

For all supported 32-bit editions of Windows Vista:
Windows6.0-KB2868623-x86.msu




For all supported x64-based editions of Windows Vista:
Windows6.0-KB2868623-x64.msu



Installation switches

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307



Restart requirement

Yes, you must restart your system after you apply this security update.



Removal information

WUSA.exe does not support uninstall of updates. To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, click Control Panel, and then click Security. Under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.



File information

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2868623



Registry key verification

Note A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

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Windows Server 2008 (all editions)


Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.






Security update file names

For all supported 32-bit editions of Windows Server 2008:
Windows6.0-KB2868623-x86.msu




For all supported x64-based editions of Windows Server 2008:
Windows6.0-KB2868623-x64.msu




For all supported Itanium-based editions of Windows Server 2008:
Windows6.0-KB2868623-ia64.msu



Installation switches

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307



Restart requirement

Yes, you must restart your system after you apply this security update.



Removal information

WUSA.exe does not support uninstall of updates. To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, click Control Panel, and then click Security. Under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.



File information

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2868623



Registry key verification

Note A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

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Windows 7 (all editions)


Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.






Security update file name

For all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 7:
Windows6.1-KB2868623-x86.msu




For all supported x64-based editions of Windows 7:
Windows6.1-KB2868623-x64.msu



Installation switches

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307



Restart requirement

Yes, you must restart your system after you apply this security update.



Removal information

To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch or click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.



File information

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2868623



Registry key verification

Note A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

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Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions)


Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.






Security update file name

For all supported x64-based editions of Windows Server 2008 R2:
Windows6.1-KB2868623-x64.msu




For all supported Itanium-based editions of Windows Server 2008 R2:
Windows6.1-KB2868623-ia64.msu



Installation switches

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307



Restart requirement

Yes, you must restart your system after you apply this security update.



Removal information

To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch or click Control Panel, click System and Security, and then under Windows Update, click View installed updates and select from the list of updates.



File information

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2868623



Registry key verification

Note A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

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Windows 8 (all editions)


Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.






Security update file name

For all supported 32-bit editions of Windows 8:
Windows8-RT-KB2868623-x86.msu




For all supported 64-bit editions of Windows 8:
Windows8-RT-KB2868623-x64.msu



Installation switches

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307



Restart requirement

Yes, you must restart your system after you apply this security update.



Removal information

To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch or click Control Panel, click System and Security, click Windows Update, and then under See also, click Installed updates and select from the list of updates.



File information

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2868623



Registry key verification

Note A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

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Windows Server 2012 (all editions)


Reference Table

The following table contains the security update information for this software.






Security update file name

For all supported editions of Windows Server 2012:
Windows8-RT-KB2868623-x64.msu



Installation switches

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 934307



Restart requirement

Yes, you must restart your system after you apply this security update.



Removal information

To uninstall an update installed by WUSA, use the /Uninstall setup switch or click Control Panel, click System and Security, click Windows Update, and then under See also, click Installed updates and select from the list of updates.



File information

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2868623



Registry key verification

Note A registry key does not exist to validate the presence of this update.

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Windows RT (all editions)


The following table contains the security update information for this software.






Deployment

This update is available via Windows Update only.



Restart Requirement

Yes, you must restart your system after you apply this security update.



Removal Information

Click Control Panel, click System and Security, click Windows Update, and then under See also, click Installed updates and select from the list of updates.



File Information

See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2868623

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Other Information

Acknowledgments

Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:
Basil Gabriel of Symantec for reporting the ICMPv6 Vulnerability (CVE-2013-3183)
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Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP)

To improve security protections for customers, Microsoft provides vulnerability information to major security software providers in advance of each monthly security update release. Security software providers can then use this vulnerability information to provide updated protections to customers via their security software or devices, such as antivirus, network-based intrusion detection systems, or host-based intrusion prevention systems. To determine whether active protections are available from security software providers, please go to the active protections websites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.
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Support

How to obtain help and support for this security update
Help installing updates: Support for Microsoft Update
Security solutions for IT professionals: TechNet Security Troubleshooting and Support
Help protect your computer that is running Windows from viruses and malware: Virus Solution and Security Center
Local support according to your country: International Support
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Revisions
V1.0 (August 13, 2013): Bulletin published.
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