RPC Interface Buffer Overflow (7.17.03)

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Threat Detail

  • Malware Type: Vulnerability
  • Malware Sub-type: Microsoft
  • Protection Added: 2003-07-17

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This is not a virus or trojan. It is a Microsoft product vulnerability that could be used by an attacker to gain unauthorized system access.

Microsoft has published an advisory regarding buffer overflow vulnerability present in the windows RPC Service. The RPC service provides remote procedure calls between objects executing on two remote machines running the Windows operating system.

An attacker can exploit this vulnerability by crafting a specifically malformed RPC packet and sending it to a vulnerable server. The attacker will need access to the vulnerable server RPC interface that is located at port 135.

A malicious attacker may use this vulnerability to execute code of his choice on the victim machine. Since the RPC service executes with SYSTEM privileges an attacker executing code as the result of this attack can fully compromise the vulnerable server

Entercept provides patented protection against code execution as a result of buffer overflows and prevents the exploitation of the RPC Interface buffer overflow vulnerability.

Windows NT 4.0 - All service packs
Windows 2000 - All service packs

In order to best counter this threat, Entercept suggests following its recommended Security Best Practices, including:

1. Apply the MS03-039 patch (includes MS03-026  patch) Please refer to:

2. Block port 135 when RPC service is not required

3. Deploy Entercept Standard Edition on all critical servers.

  • Sniffer Customers: Download a Sniffer filter to detect known RPC Interface Buffer Overflow (7.17.03) exploit traffic (Sniffer Distributed 4.3 and Sniffer Portable 4.7.5).
  • N/A This is not a virus or trojan.

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