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The following cyber advisory was issued by the New York State Office of Information Technology Services and is intended for State government entities. The information may or may not be applicable to the general public and, accordingly, the State does not warrant its use for any specific purposes.

ITS ADVISORY NUMBER:
2014-057

DATE(S) ISSUED:
6/10/2014

SUBJECT:
Vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2967487)

OVERVIEW:

Vulnerabilities have been identified within a Microsoft Graphics component that affects Microsoft Windows, Office and Microsoft Lync. Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems. Microsoft Office is a suite of applications, servers and services for both Microsoft Windows and OS X. Microsoft Lync is an instant messaging client that replaced Windows Messenger.  The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted file or webpage.  Successful exploitation could result in the attacker gaining kernel mode access. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows Vista
  • Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1
  • Microsoft Office 2007
  • Microsoft Office 2010
  • Microsoft Live Meeting 2007 Console
  • Microsoft Lync 2010
  • Microsoft Lync 2013

RISK:
Government:

  • Large and medium government entities: High
  • Small government entities: High

Businesses:

  • Large and medium business entities: High
  • Small business entities: High

Home users: High

DESCRIPTION:
Vulnerabilities have been identified within a Microsoft Graphics Component which could allow remote code execution. The vulnerabilities that exist are as follows:

  • Unicode Scripts Processor Vulnerability [CVE-2014-1817]
  • GDI+ Image Parsing Vulnerability. [CVE-2014-1818]

Exploitation can occur if a user opens a specially crafted file or webpage.  Successful exploitation could result in the attacker gaining kernel mode access. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Consider implementing the workarounds provided by Microsoft prior to patching. (https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-036).
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to open e-mail attachments from unknown users or suspicious e-mails from trusted sources.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.

REFERENCES:
Microsoft:
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-036

CVE:
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-1817
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-1818

Deborah A. Snyder

Acting Chief Information Security Officer


 

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