MS09-048 worries me.
Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3*
How are default configurations of Windows XP not affected by this vulnerability?
By default, Windows XP Service Pack 2, Windows XP Service Pack 3, and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2 do not have a listening service configured in the client firewall and are therefore not affected by this vulnerability. For the denial of service to succeed, an affected system must have a listening service with an exception in the client firewall. Windows XP Service Pack 2 and later operating systems include a stateful host firewall that provides protection for computers against incoming traffic from the Internet or from neighboring network devices on a private network.
Someone please tell me I am misinterpreting this. It looks to me like this is bad news for the enterprise that operates any listening services on their Windows XP systems. Oh, I don't know, maybe something like Microsoft SMB/CIFS? In other words, if you expose a service within the enterprise, and you allow other systems to connect to it, then you are vulnerable to MS09-048 -- and Microsoft isn't publishing a patch for XP SP2 or XP SP3?
What's worse is that I can't tell if XP SP2 or SP3 is vulnerable to this vulnerability in MS09-048:
TCP/IP Timestamps Code Execution Vulnerability - CVE-2009-1925
A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the Windows TCP/IP stack due to the TCP/IP stack not cleaning up state information correctly. This causes the TCP/IP stack to reference a field as a function pointer when it actually contains other information. An anonymous attacker could exploit the vulnerability by sending specially crafted TCP/IP packets to a computer that has a service listening over the network. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.
So, at best we have an unpatched vulnerability that lets anyone in the enterprise remotely crash any XP SP2 and XP SP3 system with at least one listening service (139, 445 TCP) that the attacker can reach. At worst we have an unpatched vulnerability that lets anyone in the enterprise remotely exploit any XP SP2 and XP SP3 system with at least one listening service (139, 445 TCP) that the attacker can reach.
Does anyone know if TCP/IP Timestamps Code Execution Vulnerability - CVE-2009-1925 applies to XP SP2 or XP3?
Incidentally, running Microsoft Update on a Windows XP SP3 system does not show a patch for MS09-048 as available.