Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP/Server 2003 RPC DCOM PerformScmStage memory corruption

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0/2000/XP/Server 2003 (Operating System). It has been declared as critical. This vulnerability affects the function PerformScmStage of the component RPC DCOM. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. The CWE definition for the vulnerability is CWE-119. The software performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. As an impact it is known to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was presented 07/16/2003 by Flashsky with The Last Stage of Delirium Research Group as MS03-039 (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability was named CVE-2003-0605 since 07/25/2003. The attack can be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is required for a successful exploitation. Technical details and also a public exploit are known.

After 4 days, there has been an exploit disclosed. It is declared as proof-of-concept. It is possible to download the exploit at As 0-day the estimated underground price was around $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 11798 (MS03-039: Microsoft Windows RPC DCOM Interface epmapper Pipe Hijack Local Privilege Escalation (824146) (intrusive check)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 68522 (Microsoft Windows DCOM RPCSS Service Vulnerabilities (MS03-039)).

Applying a patch is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at Attack attempts may be identified with Snort ID 15512. In this case the pattern |05 00 00| is used for detection. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 2341.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (12679), Vulnerability Center (SBV-1593), Tenable (11798) and Exploit-DB (103). Additional details are provided at See 277, 20815 and 21476 for similar entries.





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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Nessus ID: 11798
Nessus Name: MS03-039: Microsoft Windows RPC DCOM Interface epmapper Pipe Hijack Local Privilege Escalation (824146) (intrusive check)
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OpenVAS ID: 102015
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft RPC Interface Buffer Overrun (KB824146)
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Snort ID: 15512
Snort Message: NETBIOS DCERPC NCACN-IP-TCP rpcss2 _RemoteGetClassObject attempt
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Advisory: MS03-039
Researcher: Flashsky
Organization: The Last Stage of Delirium Research Group
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2003-0605 (🔍)

X-Force: 12679 - Microsoft Windows RPC DCOM denial of service, Medium Risk
Vulnerability Center: 1593 - [MS03-039] DoS in Windows 2000 RPC DCOM Interface via Malformed Requests, High
SecurityFocus: 8234
Secunia: 9287 - Windows RPC DCOM Interface Buffer Overflow Vulnerability, Moderately Critical
OSVDB: 11460 - Microsoft Windows RPC DCOM Interface epmapper Pipe Hijack Local Privilege Escalation

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Created: 07/17/2003 12:08 PM
Updated: 03/08/2021 02:29 PM
Changes: (1) source_nessus_risk
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