Microsoft Windows is prone to a remote code execution vulnerability when processing the protocol headers for the Server Message Block (SMB) Negotiate Protocol Request.
NOTE: Reportedly, for this issue to be exploitable, file sharing must be enabled.
An attacker can exploit this issue to execute code with SYSTEM-level privileges; failed exploit attempts will likely cause denial-of-service conditions.
Windows 7 RC, Vista and 2008 Server are vulnerable; other versions may also be affected.
NOTE: Reportedly, Windows XP and 2000 are not affected.
Update (September 9, 2009): Symantec has confirmed the issue on Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008.
Published: Sep 07 2009 12:00AM
Updated: Sep 09 2009 10:41AM