Stratsec Security Advisory: SS-2010-003
Title: Microsoft SMB Client Pool Overflow (MS10-006)
Issue type: Pool overflow
Affected vendor: Microsoft
Release date: 09/02/2010
Discovered by: Laurent Gaffi
Advisory by: Laurent Gaffi, Renaud Feil
Issue status: Patch available
A vulnerability exists in the Microsoft SMB client which allows an attacker to
trigger a kernel pool memory corruption by sending a specific
'Negotiate Protocol' response.
Successful exploitation of this issue may result in remote code execution with
kernel privileges. Failed attempts may result in a remote denial of service.
Server Message Block (SMB), also known as Common Internet File System (CIFS)
acts as an application-layer protocol to provide shared access to files,
printers and Inter-Process-Communication (IPC). It is also a transport for
Distributed Computing Environment / Remote Procedure Call (DCE/RPC) operations.
When initializing an SMB communication the client sends a 'Negotiate Protocol'
packet to negotiate the dialect that will be used for further communication.
response will contain the following structure:
uchar WordCount; /* must be 0x11 (17) */
ushort DialectIndex; /* selected dialect */
uchar SecurityMode; /* security flags */
ushort MaxMpxCount; /* maximum pending multiplexed requests supported*/
ushort MaxNumberVCs; /* maximum virtual connections */
ulong MaxBufferSize; /* maximum SMB message size */
ulong MaxRawSize; /* maximum raw buffer size */
ulong SessionKey; /* unique session identifier */
ulong Capabilities; /* server capabilities */
ulong SystemTimeLow; /* server time - low bytes */
ulong SystemTimeHigh; /* server time - high bytes */
short ServerTimeZone; /* time zone */
uchar EncryptionKeyLength; /* set to 0 or 8 */
The 'MaxBufferSize' field is defined in the 'MSDN Open Specifications Developer
"MaxBufferSize (4 bytes): Maximum size, in bytes, of the server buffer for
sending and receiving SMB messages. This is the size of the largest message
that the client may send to the server.
This is the size of the buffer used for
the SMB message from the start of the SMB header to the end of the packet."
By sending a crafted response packet containing a small 'MaxBufferSize' value,
it is possible trigger a kernel pool corruption on several Microsoft Windows
A remote attacker may be able to remotely execute code with kernel privileges
on affected Windows systems. It should be noted that user interaction is not
necessary for exploitation. NetBIOS Name Service (NBNS) packets can easily be
spoofed, or the browser election protocol can be abused to poison the
- Microsoft Windows XP, Server 2003 and earlier versions are affected
- Microsoft Windows Vista and 7 are affected by a variant of this vulnerability.
A race condition in the second negotiation transaction can cause a remote denial
of service. See Microsoft advisory for more details:
The following analysis has been performed on an up-to-date Windows XP SP3 with
version 5.1.2600.5700 of the driver mrxsmb.sys. The underlying issue is similar
on other affected platforms, but the code path leading to the pool corruption
The issue is triggered by sending to the client a 'Negotiate
Protocol' response with a small 'MaxBufferSize' value. In the function
mrxsmb!SmbCeInitializeExtendedSessionSetupExchange, the SMB client adds 80h to
the 'MaxBufferSize' value sent by the server and requests a kernel pool chunk
of the corresponding size:
kd> u mrxsmb!SmbCeInitializeExtendedSessionSetupExchange+0x65
f6e30937 51 push ecx ; PoolTag = 0x734b6d53 ('SmKs')
f6e30938 0580000000 add eax, 80h ; add 80h to 'MaxBufferSize' value
f6e3093d 50 push eax ; Requested size
f6e3093e 6a01 push 1
f6e30940 e8ce1dfdff call mrxsmb!_RxAllocatePoolWithTag (f6e02713)
The stack trace when the incorrect call to RxAllocatePoolWithTag is performed
is shown below :
The SMB client then builds the SESSION_SETUP_ANDX_REQUEST packet that is to be
sent back the server.
In the function mrxsmb!SmbExtSecuritySessionSetupExchangeStart, the SMB headers
are copied starting at offset 80h from the beginning of the previously
allocated chunk. The amount of space available is controlled by the
'MaxBufferSize' value sent, and there is no check that the allocated buffer is
large enough. Any data copied after 'MaxBufferSize' bytes overwrites the
adjacent pool header and data.
kd> uf mrxsmb!SmbExtSecuritySessionSetupExchangeStart
f6e30813 8bb730010000 mov esi,dword ptr [edi+130h] ; esi = offset 80h
; in allocated buffer
f6e30819 c706ff534d42 mov dword ptr [esi],424D53FFh ; create SMB headers
f6e3081f c6460918 mov byte ptr [esi+9],18h ; possible out-of-
f6e30823 66c7460a03c8 mov word ptr [esi+0Ah],0C803h ; bound write
f6e30829 66c7461afffe mov word ptr [esi+1Ah],0FEFFh ;
;(according to 'MaxBufferSize')
A carefully crafted SMB response with an appropriate 'MaxBufferSize' field may
allow arbitrary code execution.
Apply appropriate security patches published by Microsoft related to this
issue.Alternatively, block access to network ports 139 and 445 using a
host based firewall.
11/11/2009: Issue discovered.
23/11/2009: Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) notified.
23/11/2009: MSRC acknowledges receipt of advisory.
27/11/2009: MSRC confirms the issue on XP and Server 2003.
11/12/2009: MSRC confirms issue across all platforms (2000 SP4 - Windows 7)
11/12/2009: Patch release date agreed as 12/01/2010.
05/01/2010: MSRC delays the patch to 09/02/2010.
30/01/2010: Advisory publication date agreed as 09/02/2010
09/02/2010: Coordinated disclosure.
* Vendor advisory: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=178850
* CVE item: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=2010-0016
* CVE item: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=2010-0017
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