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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:
2014-063

DATE(S) ISSUED:
7/8/2014

SUBJECT:
Vulnerability in Windows Journal Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS14-038)

OVERVIEW:

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows Journal that could result in remote code execution. Windows Journal is a notetaking application, created by Microsoft. This vulnerability requires that a user opens a specially crafted Journal file. Successful exploitation could result in the attacker gaining the same user rights as the current user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

  • Microsoft Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows RT and RT 8.1

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:
A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows Journal that could result in remote code execution. The vulnerability exists in the way Windows Journal parses specially crafted files. The subsequent parsing of the file causes the Journal program to crash in a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code. Successful exploitation could result in the attacker gaining the same user rights as the current user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

RECOMMENDATIONS:
We recommend the following actions be taken:

  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to open email attachments from unknown users or suspicious emails from trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to download or open files from un-trusted websites.

REFERENCES:
Microsoft:
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-038

CVE
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-1824

Deborah A. Snyder

Acting Chief Information Security Officer


 

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