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Release Notes for Cisco BBSM 5.1 Microsoft Buffer Overrun in RPCSS Service, Patch 5239
These release notes describe the Cisco Building Broadband Service Manager (BBSM) 5.1 Microsoft buffer overrun in RPCSS Service vulnerability patch (RPCSSBufferOverrun.exe), which is also known as Patch 5239. This patch replaces patch 5231 and eliminates Microsoft security vulnerabilities on the BBSM 5.1 server. These vulnerabilities affect the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) interface, which handles DCOM object activation requests that are sent from one machine to another, within the RPCSS Service. This patch has no dependencies.
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Three new Microsoft vulnerabilities have been identified in the part of RPCSS Service that deals with Remote Procedure Call (RPC) messages for DCOM activation. These vulnerabilities result from incorrect handling of malformed messages and could allow arbitrary code execution and denial of service.
An attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities by creating a program that sends a malformed RPC message that targets the RPCSS Service on a vulnerable system. If successful, the attacker could run code with Local System privileges on the affected system or cause the RPCSS Service to fail. This would enable the attacker to remotely compromise a computer running Microsoft Windows and gain complete control over it.
For additional information, refer to this Microsoft website:
BBSM service packs and patches can be installed locally onto any BBSM server with Internet access, or they can be installed onto multiple BBSM servers from another computer in a remote location.
Follow these steps to install this patch onto your BBSM 5.1 server:
Step 1 Using the Internet Explorer (IE) web browser, go to the Cisco BBSM 5.1 Software Download website:
Note You must use the IE browser when using WEBpatch because of some known issues and incompatibilities with Netscape Navigator.
Step 2 Download RPCSSBufferOverrun.exe to a temporary location on your computer.
•For a local BBSM installation, go to Step 6.
•For a remote BBSM installation, continue with Step 3.
Note If you are using the Windows 2000 (SP2 or later) or Windows XP operating systems to install this patch remotely, the WEBpatch web pages load very slowly. To prevent this problem, uncheck the Client for Microsoft Networks check box in the NIC Properties window on your remote computer.
Step 3 In the IE browser field, enter http://<address>:9488/www where <address> is either the external NIC address of the BBSM server (if you are accessing it externally) or the internal IP address of the BBSM server (if you are accessing it from within the BBSM subnet).
For example, enter http://10.10.1.2:9488/www and press Enter. The Enter Network Password window appears. (See Figure 1.)
Figure 1 Enter Network Password Window
Step 4 Enter your username and password. (Do not enter any information in the Domain field.)
Note You must have administrator privileges to use WEBpatch.
Step 5 Click OK. The remote BBSM Dashboard appears.
Step 6 From the BBSM Dashboard, use the WEBpatch utility to install this patch.
Note Refer to the Cisco BBSM 5.1 Software Configuration Guide for instructions on transferring and installing BBSM patches and service packs. This patch automatically reboots your BBSM server.
Patch 5239 does not generate the Reboot successful patch log entry. You can verify that the MS03-039 patch is correctly installed by confirming that the following registry key exists: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Updates\Windows 2000\SP5\KB824146. For additional information, refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - KB824146 at this website: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=824146.
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The following documents provide information about BBSM:
•Cisco BBSM 5.1 and BBSD Installation Guide (order number DOC-7812741=)
•Cisco BBSM 5.1 Software Configuration Guide (available on Cisco.com)
•Release Notes for the Cisco BBSM 5.1 (available on Cisco.com)
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