TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

(0Day) Microsoft Windows WAV File Uninitialized Pointer Denial of Service Vulnerability

ZDI-17-838: October 6th, 2017

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to cause a denial-of-service condition on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the processing of WAV audio files. The issue results from the lack of proper initialization of a pointer prior to accessing it. An attacker can leverage this vulnerability to create a denial-of-service condition in the context of the Explorer process or other current process.

Vendor Response

Microsoft states:

This vulnerability is being disclosed publicly without a patch in accordance with the ZDI 120 day deadline.

09/01/17 - ZDI disclosed the report to the vendor.
09/01/17 - The vendor acknowledged the report and provided a case manager and a tracking number.
09/15/17 - The vendor responded that "We have finished our investigation into this report and determined this does not meet our bar for servicing a downlevel security patch. This requires user interaction to trigger and is not a persistent DOS. Our analysis has determined it does not bugcheck. A blackscreen will show and explorer.exe will restart. Can you confirm your disclosure timeline?"
09/15/17 - ZDI advised the vendor that this report will 0-day on 10/06/17.

-- Mitigation:
Given the nature of the vulnerability the only salient mitigation strategy is to restrict interaction with the application to trusted files.

Disclosure Timeline

    2017-09-01 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2017-10-06 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andre Fassbender