Microsoft Windows 7/8/Server 2008/Vista DirectX Graphics Kernel Subsystem dxgkrnl.sys resource management

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Windows 7/8/Server 2008/Vista (Operating System). It has been rated as problematic. This issue affects an unknown code of the file dxgkrnl.sys of the component DirectX Graphics Kernel Subsystem. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-399. Impacted is confidentiality, and integrity. The summary by CVE is:

dxgkrnl.sys in the kernel-mode drivers in Microsoft Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2 SP1, and Windows 7 SP1 allows local users to gain privileges via a crafted application, aka "DirectX Graphics Kernel Subsystem Double Fetch Vulnerability."

The weakness was disclosed 10/08/2013 as MS13-081 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is shared at The public release has been coordinated in cooperation with Microsoft. The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2013-3888 since 06/03/2013. An attack has to be approached locally. A simple authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are known, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 70333 (MS13-081: Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2870008)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 90913 (Microsoft Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Remote Code Execution (MS13-081)).

Applying the patch MS13-081 is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at Tenable (70333), SecurityFocus (BID 62797†), OSVDB (98213†), Secunia (SA55052†) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-41834†).








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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404

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Nessus ID: 70333
Nessus Name: MS13-081: Vulnerabilities in Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2870008)
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OpenVAS ID: 903500
OpenVAS Name: MS Windows Kernel-Mode Drivers Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities (2870008)
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Advisory: MS13-081
Status: Confirmed
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CVE: CVE-2013-3888 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 62797
Secunia: 55052 - Microsoft Windows Kernel Multiple Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 98213 - Microsoft Windows DirectX Graphics Kernel Subsystem (dxgkrnl.sys) Double Fetch Local Privilege Escalation
Vulnerability Center: 41834 - [MS13-081] Multiple Microsoft Products Local Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability Due to a Flaw In The Dxgkrnl.sys Subsystem - CVE-2013-3888, Medium

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Created: 10/09/2013 06:04 PM
Updated: 05/26/2021 02:06 PM
Changes: 10/09/2013 06:04 PM (51), 04/07/2017 04:02 PM (29), 05/26/2021 02:01 PM (8), 05/26/2021 02:06 PM (1)
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