This vulnerability is 8 years 4 months and 29 days old there are exploits publicly available for it. The vulnerability itself is over a year old, and with there being exploits publicly available it is highly advisable that this vulnerability is patched immediately.
SynopsisIt is possible to execute arbitrary code on the remote Windows host due to flaws in its SMB implementation.
Vulnerability DescriptionThe remote host is affected by several vulnerabilities in the SMB server that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or perform a denial of service against the remote host. These vulnerabilities depend on access to a shared drive, but do not necessarily require credentials.
The remote host is affected by a memory corruption vulnerability in SMB that may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code or perform a denial of service against the remote host. The missing security update, MS09-001, resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities and one publicly disclosed vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block (SMB) Protocol. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution on affected systems. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights. Firewall best practices and standard default firewall configurations can help protect networks from attacks that originate outside the enterprise perimeter. Best practices recommend that systems that are connected to the Internet have a minimal number of ports exposed.
At the current time there are Denial of Service exploits available for this vulnerability in publicly available attack frameworks such as Metasploit.
SolutionMicrosoft has released a set of patches for Windows XP, Vista, 2008, 7, and 2008 R2.
CVE ReferencesCVE-2008-4114 NIST | MITRE | CVEDetails
CVE-2008-4834 NIST | MITRE | CVEDetails
CVE-2008-4835 NIST | MITRE | CVEDetails
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