MS-ISAC CYBERSECURITY ADVISORIES

MS-ISAC ADVISORY NUMBER:
2015-142

DATE(S) ISSUED:
12/08/2015

SUBJECT:
Multiple Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Silverlight Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS15-129)

OVERVIEW:

Multiple vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft Silverlight. The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution. Microsoft Silverlight is a web browser plug-in. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

 

THREAT INTELLIGENCE:

 

There are currently no reports of these vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild.

  

SYSTEMS AFFECTED:

 

  • Microsoft Silverlight 5

  • Microsoft Silverlight 5 Developer Runtime 

 

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

 

TECHNICAL SUMMARY:

 

Three vulnerabilities have been discovered in Microsoft Silverlight, the most severe of which could allow for remote code execution (CVE-2015-6166). This vulnerability occurs when Microsoft Silverlight incorrectly handles certain open and close requests that could result in read and write access violations. To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker could host a website that contains a specially crafted Silverlight application and then convince a user to visit the compromised website. Attackers could also take advantage of websites containing specially crafted content, including those that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could result in an attacker gaining the same privileges as the logged on user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

 

Details of the other vulnerabilities included in this update are as follows:

Two information disclosure vulnerabilities exist when Silverlight fails to properly handle objects in memory, which could allow an attacker to more reliably predict pointer values and degrade the efficacy of the Address Space Layout Randomization security feature. (CVE-2015-6114 and CVE-2015-6165)

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

We recommend the following actions be taken:

 

  • Apply appropriate patches provided by Microsoft to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.

  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.

  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.

  • Inform and educate users regarding the threats posed by hypertext links contained in emails or attachments, especially those from un-trusted sources.

 

REFERENCES:

 

Microsoft:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/security/MS15-129

 

CVE:

https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-6114

https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-6165

https://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2015-6166