CVE Number – CVE-2018-8408
A vulnerability in the kernel component of Microsoft Windows could allow a local attacker to access sensitive information on a targeted system.
The vulnerability exists because the affected software improperly initializes objects in memory. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by accessing the system and executing an application that submits malicious input to the affected software. A successful exploit could allow the attacker to access sensitive kernel information, which could be used to conduct additional attacks.
Microsoft confirmed the vulnerability and released software updates.
To exploit this
vulnerability, the attacker must have user-level access to the targeted
system. This access requirement could reduce the likelihood of a
Microsoft addressed this vulnerability by correcting how the affected software initializes objects in memory.
Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.
Administrators are advised to allow only trusted users to access local systems.
Administrators are advised to allow only privileged users to access administration or management systems.
Administrators may consider using the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA) scan tool to identify common security misconfigurations and missing security updates on system endpoints.
Administrators are advised to monitor critical systems.
- Microsoft has released detailed information at the following link: Security Update Guide
- Microsoft customers can obtain updates directly by using the links in the Microsoft Security Update Guide. These updates are also distributed by Windows automatic update features and are available from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server, and System Center Configuration Manager can assist administrators in deploying software updates.
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