|Microsoft Data Access Components CVE-2012-1891 Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
July 10, 2012
Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) are prone to a heap-based buffer-overflow vulnerability because they fail to properly bounds-check user-supplied data.
Successful exploits will allow an attacker to run arbitrary code in the context of the user running the application. Failed attacks will cause denial-of-service conditions.
- Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8
- Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8 SP1
- Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC) 2.8 SP2
- Microsoft Windows Data Access Components 6.0
Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.
To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.
Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of anomalous or suspicious activity. This includes but is not limited to requests that include NOP sleds and unexplained incoming and outgoing traffic. This may indicate exploit attempts or activity that results from successful exploits.
Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Web users should be cautious about following links to sites that are provided by unfamiliar or suspicious sources.
Filtering HTML from emails may help remove a possible vector for transmitting malicious links to users.
Set web browser security to disable the execution of script code or active content.
Since a successful exploit of these issues requires malicious code to execute in web clients, consider disabling support for script code and active content within the client browser. Note that this mitigation tactic might adversely affect legitimate websites that rely on the execution of browser-based script code.
Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Various memory-protection schemes (such as nonexecutable and randomly mapped memory segments) may hinder an attacker's ability to exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code.
Vendor updates are available. Please see the references for more information.
An anonymous researcher, working with TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative.