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Microsoft Systems Management Server Vulnerability
Microsoft Systems Management Server Vulnerability Privacy and Legal Notice


K-024: Microsoft Systems Management Server Vulnerability

February 25, 2000 19:00 GMT
PROBLEM:       Microsoft has identified a vulnerability in System Management
               Server (SMS).
PLATFORM:      Intel & Alpha platforms running SMS 2.0
DAMAGE:        A malicious user may gain elevated privileges on the local
SOLUTION:      Patch system per Microsoft Advisory below.

VULNERABILITY Risk is low. It is recommended that any SMS server allowing a ASSESSMENT: user to establish interactive sessions follow procedures to eliminate this vulnerability.
[ Start Microsoft Advisory ] Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-012) -------------------------------------- Patch Available for "Remote Agent Permissions" Vulnerability Originally Posted: February 22, 2000 Summary ======= Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in an installation routine associated with Microsoft(r) Systems Management Server (SMS). If particular features have been enabled, the vulnerability could allow a user to gain elevated privileges on the local machine. Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at Issue ===== If the SMS 2.0 Remote Control feature has been installed and enabled on a machine, the folder in which the remote agent resides has its permissions set to Everyone Full Control by default. If a malicious user replaced the client code with code of his or her choosing, it would run automatically in a system context the next time he or she rebooted the machine and logged on. The vulnerability exists only if the Remote Control feature has been enabled - no other SMS features are affected by it. Affected Software Versions ========================== Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0 Patch Availability ================== For X86: For Alpha: Note Additional security patches are available at the Microsoft Download Center. More Information ================ Please see the following references for more information related to this issue. - Frequently Asked Questions: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-012. - Microsoft TechNet Security web site. Obtaining Support on this Issue =============================== This is a fully supported patch. Information on contacting Microsoft Technical Support is available at Revisions ========= February 22, 2000: Bulletin Created. THE INFORMATION PROVIDED IN THE MICROSOFT KNOWLEDGE BASE IS PROVIDED "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND. MICROSOFT DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. IN NO EVENT SHALL MICROSOFT CORPORATION OR ITS SUPPLIERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES WHATSOEVER INCLUDING DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS OR SPECIAL DAMAGES, EVEN IF MICROSOFT CORPORATION OR ITS SUPPLIERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES SO THE FOREGOING LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY. Last updated February 22, 2000 (c) 2000 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. Terms of use. ******************************************************************* You have received this e-mail bulletin as a result of your registration to the Microsoft Product Security Notification Service. You may unsubscribe from this e-mail notification service at any time by sending an e-mail to MICROSOFT_SECURITY-SIGNOFF-REQUEST@ANNOUNCE.MICROSOFT.COM The subject line and message body are not used in processing the request, and can be anything you like. For more information on the Microsoft Security Notification Service please visit For security-related information about Microsoft products, please visit the Microsoft Security Advisor web site at [ End Microsoft Advisory ]

CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of Microsoft for the information contained in this bulletin.

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