Microsoft Security Bulletin MS13-013 - Important
Vulnerabilities in FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Parsing Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2784242)
Published: February 12, 2013
This security update resolves publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution in the security context of a user account with a restricted token. FAST Search Server for SharePoint is only affected by this issue when Advanced Filter Pack is enabled. By default, Advanced Filter Pack is disabled.
This security update is rated Important for supported editions of FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.
The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by updating the affected Oracle Outside In libraries to a non-vulnerable version. For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.
Recommendation. Customers can configure automatic updating to check online for updates from Microsoft Update by using the Microsoft Update service. Customers who have automatic updating enabled and configured to check online for updates from Microsoft Update typically will not need to take any action because this security update will be downloaded and installed automatically. Customers who have not enabled automatic updating need to check for updates from Microsoft Update and install this update manually. For information about specific configuration options in automatic updating in supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 294871. For information about automatic updating in supported editions of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2, see Understanding Windows automatic updating.
For administrators and enterprise installations, or end users who want to install this security update manually, Microsoft recommends that customers apply the update at the earliest opportunity using update management software, or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service.
See also the section, Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance, later in this bulletin.
Known Issues. None
Affected and Non-Affected Software
The following software have been tested to determine which versions or editions are affected. Other versions or editions 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.
Microsoft Server Software
|Software||Feature||Maximum Security Impact||Aggregate Severity Rating||Updates Replaced|
|Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Service Pack 1||Advanced Filter Pack
|Remote Code Execution||Important||KB2553402 in MS12-067|
This update is available from the Microsoft Download Center only.
|Office and Other Software|
|Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for Internal Applications|
|Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for Internet Business|
|Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Internet Sites|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Related to This Security Update
What is FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint?
Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint includes all the search features and integration capabilities of SharePoint Server 2010 and adds deep platform flexibility, scale, and enhanced content processing capabilities. You can deploy FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint across multiple servers to meet demanding requirements for redundancy, performance, and capacity. For more information, see FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint.
Note FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint is only affected by the vulnerabilities if the Advanced Filter Pack is enabled. By default, the Advanced Filter Pack is disabled.
How is FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint related toMicrosoft SharePoint Server 2010?
FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint is a separate but related product to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. For more information, see SharePoint 2010 Products.
There are multiple vulnerabilities discussed in the Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - October 2012. How are the vulnerabilities addressed by this update?
CVE-2012-3214 and CVE-2012-3217 discussed in the Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - October 2012 affect FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint and are addressed by this update.
These are vulnerabilities in third-party code, Oracle Outside In libraries. Why is Microsoft issuing a security update?
Microsoft licenses a custom implementation of the Oracle Outside In libraries, specific to the product in which the third-party code is used. Microsoft is issuing this security update to help ensure that all customers using this third-party code in FAST Search 2010 for SharePoint are protected from these vulnerabilities.
Where are the file information details?
Refer to the reference tables in the Security Update Deployment section for the location of the file information details.
Where are the hashes of the security updates?
The SHA1 and SHA2 hashes of the security updates can be used to verify the authenticity of downloaded security update packages. For the hash information pertaining to this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2784242.
I am using an older release of the software discussed in this security bulletin. What should I do?
The affected software listed in this bulletin have been tested to determine which releases are affected. Other releases are past their support life cycle. For more information about the product lifecycle, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle website.
It should be a priority for customers who have older releases of the software to migrate to supported releases to prevent potential exposure to vulnerabilities. To determine the support lifecycle for your software release, see Select a Product for Lifecycle Information. For more information about service packs for these software releases, see Service Pack Lifecycle Support Policy.
Customers who require custom support for older software must contact their Microsoft account team representative, their Technical Account Manager, or the appropriate Microsoft partner representative for custom support options. Customers without an Alliance, Premier, or Authorized Contract can contact their local Microsoft sales office. For contact information, see the Microsoft Worldwide Information website, select the country in the Contact Information list, and then click Go to see a list of telephone numbers. When you call, ask to speak with the local Premier Support sales manager. For more information, see the Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ.
Severity Ratings and Vulnerability Identifiers
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 February bulletin summary. For more information, see Microsoft Exploitability Index.
|Affected Software||Oracle Outside In Contains Multiple Exploitable Vulnerabilities:
|Aggregate Severity Rating|
|Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Service Pack 1||Important
Remote Code Execution
Oracle Outside In Contains Multiple Exploitable Vulnerabilities
Remote code execution vulnerabilities exist in FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint with the Advanced Filter Pack enabled. An attacker who succesfully exploited these vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in the context of a user account with a restricted token. By default, Advanced Filter Pack in FAST is disabled.
Mitigating Factors for Oracle Outside In Contains Multiple Exploitable Vulnerabilities
Mitigation refers to a setting, common configuration, or general best-practice, existing in a default state, that could reduce the severity of exploitation of a vulnerability. The following mitigating factors may be helpful in your situation:
- FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint is only affected by the vulnerabilities if the Advanced Filter Pack feature is enabled. By default, the Advanced Filter Pack feature is disabled.
- An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in the context of a user account with a restricted token.
Workarounds for Oracle Outside In Contains Multiple Exploitable Vulnerabilities
Workaround refers to a setting or configuration change that does not correct the underlying vulnerability but would help block known attack vectors before you apply the update. Microsoft has tested the following workarounds and states in the discussion whether a workaround reduces functionality:
Disable the Advanced Filter Pack for FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint
On the FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint administration server (or single server), perform these steps:
- On the Start menu, click All Programs.
- Click Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint.
- Right-click Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint shell and select Run as administrator.
- At the command prompt, browse to installer\scripts under the installation folder.
Type the following command:
Note For more information, see Disable the Advanced Filter Pack.
FAQ for Oracle Outside In Contains Multiple Exploitable Vulnerabilities
What is the scope of the vulnerabilities?
These are remote code execution vulnerabilities.
What causes the vulnerabilities?
The vulnerabilities exist in the way that the Oracle Outside In libraries, used by the Advanced Filter Pack, parse specially crafted files.
What is the Advanced Filter Pack?
Advanced Filter Pack is a FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint feature that enables text and metadata extraction from several hundred file formats, complementing the document formats that are supported by the Microsoft Filter Pack. For more information, see Enable Advanced Filter Pack (FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint).
By default, the Advanced Filter Pack feature is disabled in FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint.
What are the Oracle Outside In libraries?
The Oracle Outside In libraries are used by the filter pack in the server backend to support the text and metadata extraction of files supported by the Advanced Filter Pack. Microsoft licenses these libraries from Oracle.
What might an attacker use these vulnerabilities to do?
An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could run arbitrary code in the context of a user account with a restricted token.
How could an attacker exploit these vulnerabilities?
To exploit these vulnerabilities, an attacker would need access to a file location that FAST Search 2010 for SharePoint indexes, and have the ability to upload a specially crafted file to that location.
What systems are primarily at risk from the vulnerabilities?
FAST Search 2010 for SharePoint servers with the Advanced Filter Pack installed that index sources with untrusted files.
What does the update do?
The update addresses the vulnerabilities by updating the affected Oracle Outside In libraries to a non-vulnerable version.
When this security bulletin was issued, had these vulnerabilities been publicly disclosed?
Yes. These vulnerabilities have been publicly disclosed. They has been assigned the following Common Vulnerability and Exposure numbers:
When this security bulletin was issued, had Microsoft received any reports that these vulnerabilities were being exploited?
No. Microsoft had not received any information to indicate that these vulnerabilities had been publicly used to attack customers when this security bulletin was originally issued.
Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance
Manage the software and security updates you need to deploy to the servers, desktop, and mobile systems in your organization. For more information see the TechNet Update Management Center. The Microsoft TechNet Security website provides additional information about security in Microsoft products.
Security updates are available from the Microsoft Download Center. You can find them most easily by doing a keyword search for "security update."
Security Update Deployment
For information about the specific security update for your affected software, click the appropriate link:
FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (all editions)
The following table contains the security update information for this software. You can find additional information in the subsection, Deployment Information, in this section.
|Inclusion in Future Service Packs||There are no more service packs planned for this software. The update for this issue may be included in a future update rollup.|
|Installing without user intervention||For Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Service Pack 1:
|Installing without restarting||For Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Service Pack 1:
|Update log file||Not applicable|
|Further information||For detection and deployment, see the earlier section, Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance.|
|Restart required?||In some cases, this update does not require a restart. If the required files are being used, this update will require a restart. If this behavior occurs, a message appears that advises you to restart.
To help reduce the chance that a restart will be required, stop all affected services and close all applications that may use the affected files prior to installing the security update. For more information about the reasons why you may be prompted to restart, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 887012.
|Removal Information||This security update cannot be removed.|
|File Information||See Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 2553234|
|Registry Key Verification||Not applicable|
Installing the Update
You can install the update from the appropriate download link in the Affected and Non-Affected Software section. If you installed your application from a server location, the server administrator must instead update the server location with the administrative update and deploy that update to your system. For more information about Administrative Installation Points, refer to the Office Administrative Installation Point information in the Detection and deployment Tools and Guidance subsection.
This security update requires that Windows Installer 3.1 or later version be installed on the system.
To install the 3.1 or later version of Windows Installer, see one of the following Microsoft websites:
- Windows Installer 4.5 Redistributable for Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows XP
- Windows Installer 3.1 Redistributable for Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, and Windows 2000
For more information about the terminology that appears in this bulletin, such as hotfix, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 824684.
This security update supports the following setup switches.
|/? or /help||Displays usage dialog.|
|/passive||Specifies passive mode. Requires no user interaction; users see basic progress dialogs but cannot cancel.|
|/quiet||Specifies quiet mode, or suppresses prompts, when files are being extracted.|
|/norestart||Suppresses restarting the system if the update requires a restart.|
|/forcerestart||Automatically restarts the system after applying the update, regardless of whether the update requires the restart.|
|/extract||Extracts the files without installing them. You are prompted for a target folder.|
|/extract:<path>||Overrides the install command that is defined by author. Specifies the path and name of the Setup.inf or .exe file.|
|/lang:<LCID>||Forces the use of a specific language, when the update package supports that language.|
|/log:<log file>||Enables logging, by both Vnox and Installer, during the update installation.|
Note You can combine these switches into one command. For backward compatibility, the security update also supports many of the setup switches that the earlier version of the Setup program uses. For more information about the supported installation switches, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 262841.
Removing the Update
This security update cannot be removed.
Verifying that the Update Has Been Applied
Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer
To verify that a security update has been applied to an affected system, you may be able to use the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) tool. See the section, Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance, earlier in this bulletin for more information.
File Version Verification
Because there are several editions of Microsoft Windows, the following steps may be different on your system. If they are, see your product documentation to complete these steps.
- Click Start and then enter an update file name in Start Search.
- When the file appears under Programs, right-click on the file name and click Properties.
- Under the General tab, compare the file size with the file information tables provided in the bulletin KB article.
- You may also click on the Details tab and compare information, such as file version and date modified, with the file information tables provided in the bulletin KB article.
- Finally, you may also click on the Previous Versions tab and compare file information for the previous version of the file with the file information for the new, or updated, version of the file.
Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP)
To improve security protections for customers, Microsoft provides vulnerability information to major security software providers in advance of each monthly security update release. Security software providers can then use this vulnerability information to provide updated protections to customers via their security software or devices, such as antivirus, network-based intrusion detection systems, or host-based intrusion prevention systems. To determine whether active protections are available from security software providers, please go to the active protections websites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.
How to obtain help and support for this security update
- Help installing updates: Support for Microsoft Update
- Security solutions for IT professionals: TechNet Security Troubleshooting and Support
- Help protect your computer that is running Windows from viruses and malware: Virus Solution and Security Center
- Local support according to your country: International Support
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