Vulnerability in Telnet Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Description: This security update resolves a publicly disclosed vulnerability in the Microsoft Telnet service. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to obtain credentials and then use them to log back into affected systems. The attacker would then acquire user rights on a system identical to the user rights of the logged-on user. This scenario could ultimately result in remote code execution on affected systems. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who operate with administrative user rights. The security update addresses the vulnerability by modifying the way that the Telnet service validates authentication replies in order to prevent the relay of credentials.
Update type: Moderate
Release date: August 11, 2009
Applies to: All versions
Knowledge base: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/960859
- Telnet Credential Reflection Vulnerability – CVE-2009-1930
For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB960859.