Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-049 - Important

Security Update for HTTP.sys (3148795)

Published: April 12, 2016

Version: 1.0

Executive Summary

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow denial of service if an attacker sends a specially crafted HTTP packet to a target system.

This security update is rated Important for all supported editions of Microsoft Windows 10. For more information, see the Affected Software section.

The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how the Windows HTTP protocol stack handles HTTP 2.0 requests. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Vulnerability Information section.

For more information about this document, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3148795

Affected Software and Vulnerability Severity Ratings

The following software versions or editions are affected. Versions or editions that are not listed are either past their support life cycle or are not affected. To determine the support life cycle for your software version or edition, see Microsoft Support Lifecycle.

The severity ratings indicated for each affected software assume the potential maximum impact of the vulnerability. For information regarding the likelihood, within 30 days of this security bulletin’s release, of the exploitability of the vulnerability in relation to its severity rating and security impact, please see the Exploitability Index in the April bulletin summary.

|**Operating System**|[**HTTP.sys Denial of Service Vulnerability - CVE-2016-0150**](|**Updates Replaced***| |------------|------------|------------| |[Windows 10 for 32-bit Systems]([1]\ (3147461)|**Important**\ Denial of Service|[3140745](| |[Windows 10 for x64-based Systems]([1]\ (3147461)|**Important**\ Denial of Service|[3140745](| |[Windows 10 Version 1511 for 32-bit Systems]([1]\ (3147458)|**Important**\ Denial of Service|[3140768](| |[Windows 10 Version 1511 for x64-based Systems]([1]\ (3147458)|**Important**\ Denial of Service|[3140768](|

[1] Windows 10 updates are cumulative. The monthly security release includes all security fixes for vulnerabilities that affect Windows 10, in addition to non-security updates. The updates are available via the Microsoft Update Catalog Windows.

*The Updates Replaced column shows only the latest update in any chain of superseded updates. For a comprehensive list of updates replaced, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog, search for the update KB number, and then view update details (updates replaced information is provided on the Package Details tab).

Note Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 and Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 are affected. Customers running these operating systems are encouraged to apply the update, which is available via Windows Update.

Vulnerability Information

HTTP.sys Denial of Service Vulnerability - CVE-2016-0150

A denial of service vulnerability exists in the HTTP 2.0 protocol stack (HTTP.sys) when HTTP.sys improperly parses specially crafted HTTP 2.0 requests. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could create a denial of service condition, causing the target system to become unresponsive.

To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker could send a specially crafted HTTP packet to a target system, causing the affected system to become nonresponsive. The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how the Windows HTTP protocol stack handles HTTP 2.0 requests. Note that the denial of service vulnerability would not allow an attacker to execute code or to elevate user rights.

The following table contains a link to the standard entry for each vulnerability in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list:

|**Vulnerability Title**|**CVE number**|**Publicly disclosed**|**Exploited**| |------------|------------|------------|------------| |HTTP.sys Denial of Service Vulnerability|[CVE-2016-0150](|No|No|

 Mitigating Factors

Microsoft has not identified any mitigating factors for this vulnerability.


The Microsoft has not identified any workarounds for this vulnerability.

Security Update Deployment

For Security Update Deployment information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article referenced in the Executive Summary. 


Microsoft recognizes the efforts of those in the security community who help us protect customers through coordinated vulnerability disclosure. See Acknowledgments for more information. 


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  • V1.0 (April 12, 2016): Bulletin published.

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