Microsoft Security Bulletin MS16-044 - Important

Security Update for Windows OLE (3146706)

Published: April 12, 2016

Version: 1.0

Executive Summary

This security update resolves a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if Windows OLE fails to properly validate user input. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability to execute malicious code. However, an attacker must first convince a user to open either a specially crafted file or a program from either a webpage or an email message.

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

The security update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Windows OLE validates user input. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Vulnerability Information section.

For more information about this update, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3146706.

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 Windows OLE Remote Code Execution Vulnerability - CVE-2016-0153 Updates Replaced*
Windows Vista
Windows Vista Service Pack 2
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 2
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows 7
Windows 7 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 1
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows 7 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-based Systems Service Pack 1
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 for 32-bit Systems
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3072633 in MS15-075
Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3072633 in MS15-075
Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3072633 in MS15-075
Windows Server 2012 R2
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3072633 in MS15-075
Windows RT 8.1
Windows RT 8.1[1]
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3072633 in MS15-075
Server Core installation option
Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (Server Core installation)
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Server 2008 R2 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 1 (Server Core installation)
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3140410 in MS16-031
Windows Server 2012 (Server Core installation)
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3072633 in MS15-075
Windows Server 2012 R2 (Server Core installation)
(3146706)
Important
Remote Code Execution
3072633 in MS15-075

[1]This update 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).

Vulnerability Information

Windows OLE Remote Code Execution Vulnerability - CVE-2016-0153

A remote code execution vulnerability exists when Microsoft Windows OLE fails to properly validate user input. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability to execute malicious code.

To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker would have to convince a user to open either a specially crafted file or a program from either a webpage or an email message. The update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how Windows OLE validates user input.

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 OLE Remote Code Execution Vulnerability CVE-2016-0153 No No

Mitigating Factors

Microsoft has not identified any mitigating factors for the 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 (April 12, 2016): Bulletin published.

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