Microsoft Security Bulletin MS15-016 - Important

Vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Information Disclosure (3029944)

Published: February 10, 2015

Version: 1.0

Executive Summary

This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if a user browses to a website containing a specially crafted TIFF image. This vulnerability would not allow an attacker to execute code or to elevate their user rights directly, but it could be used to obtain information that could be used to try to further compromise the affected system.

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

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Windows processes TIFF image format files. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Vulnerability Information section.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3029944.

Affected Software

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.

Operating System Maximum Security Impact Aggregate Severity Rating Updates Replaced
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important None
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important None
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important None
Windows Vista
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows 7
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows 8 for x64-based Systems
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2012 R2
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1
Windows RT[1] (3029944) Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows RT 8.1[1] (3029944) Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Server Core installation option
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085
Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Information Disclosure Important 3013126 in MS14-085

[1]This update is available via Windows Update only.

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.

Vulnerability Severity Rating and Maximum Security Impact by Affected Software
Affected Software TIFF Processing Information Disclosure Vulnerability - CVE-2015-0061 Aggregate Severity Rating
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2003 with SP2 for Itanium-based Systems
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Vista
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows 7
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
Windows 8 for 32-bit Systems
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows 8 for x64-based Systems
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2012 R2
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows RT and Windows RT 8.1
Windows RT
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows RT 8.1
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Server Core installation option
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important
Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3029944)
Important
Information Disclosure
Important

Vulnerability Information

TIFF Processing Information Disclosure Vulnerability - CVE-2015-0061

An information disclosure vulnerability exists when Windows fails to properly handle uninitialized memory when parsing certain, specially crafted TIFF image format files. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if an attacker runs a specially crafted application on an affected system.

An attacker could host a specially crafted website that is designed to exploit this vulnerability and then convince a user to view the website. This could also include compromised websites and websites that accept or host user-provided content or advertisements. These websites could contain specially crafted content that could exploit this vulnerability. In all cases, however, an attacker would have no way to force users to visit these websites. Instead, an attacker would have to convince users to visit the website, typically by getting them to click a link in an instant messenger or email message that takes users to the attacker's website. It could also be possible to display specially crafted web content by using banner advertisements or by using other methods to deliver web content to affected systems.

An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could potentially read data which was not intended to be disclosed. Note that this vulnerability would not allow an attacker to execute code or to elevate their user rights directly, but it could be used to obtain information that could be used to try to further compromise the affected system. The update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Windows processes TIFF image format files.

Microsoft received information about this vulnerability through coordinated vulnerability disclosure. When this security bulletin was originally issued Microsoft had not received any information to indicate that this vulnerability had been publicly used to attack customers.

Mitigating Factors

Microsoft has not identified any mitigating factors for this vulnerability.

Workarounds

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.

Acknowledgments

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

Disclaimer

The information provided in the Microsoft Knowledge Base is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Microsoft disclaims all warranties, either express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. In no event shall Microsoft Corporation or its suppliers be liable for any damages whatsoever including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, loss of business profits or special damages, even if Microsoft Corporation or its suppliers have been advised of the possibility of such damages. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of liability for consequential or incidental damages so the foregoing limitation may not apply.

Revisions

  • V1.0 (February 10, 2015): Bulletin published.

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