Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-071 - Critical
Security Update for Microsoft Windows DNS Server (3164065)
Published: June 14, 2016
This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if an attacker sends specially crafted requests to a DNS server.
This security update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. For more information, see the Affected Software and Vulnerability Severity Ratings section.
The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how DNS servers handle requests. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Vulnerability Information section.
For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3164065.
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 following severity ratings 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 June bulletin summary.
|Operating System||Windows DNS Server Use After Free Vulnerability - CVE-2016-3227||Updates Replaced*|
|Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2|
|Windows Server 2012 (3161951)||Critical Remote Code Execution||3100465 in MS15-127|
|Windows Server 2012 R2 (3161951)||Critical Remote Code Execution||3100465 in MS15-127|
|Server Core installation option|
|Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation) (3161951)||Critical Remote Code Execution||3100465 in MS15-127|
|Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation) (3161951)||Critical Remote Code Execution||3100465 in MS15-127|
Note Windows Server Technical Preview 5 is affected. Customers running this operating system are encouraged to apply the update, which is available via Windows Update.
*The Updates Replaced column shows only the latest update in any chain of superseded updates.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).
Windows DNS Server Use After Free Vulnerability - CVE-2016-3227
A remote code execution vulnerability exists in Windows Domain Name System (DNS) servers when they fail to properly handle requests. An attacker who successfully exploited the vulnerability could run arbitrary code in the context of the Local System Account. Windows servers that are configured as DNS servers are at risk from this vulnerability.
To exploit the vulnerability, an unauthenticated attacker could send malicious requests to a Windows DNS server. The update addresses the vulnerability by modifying how Windows DNS servers handle requests.
The following table contains links to the standard entry for each vulnerability in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures list:
|Vulnerability Title||CVE number||Publicly disclosed||Exploited|
|Windows DNS Server Use After Free Vulnerability||CVE-2016-3227||No||No|
Microsoft has not identified any mitigating factors for this vulnerability.
Microsoft has not identified any workarounds for this vulnerability.
Security Update Deployment
For Security Update Deployment information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base article referenced here 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 (June 14, 2016): Bulletin published.
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