CVE-2020-17051: Remote kernel heap overflow in NFSv3 Windows Server

Microsoft released a patch today for a critical vulnerability (CVE-2020-17051) in the Windows NFSv3 (Network File System) server. NFS is typically used in heterogenous environments of Windows and Unix/Linux for file sharing. The vulnerability can be reproduced to cause an immediate BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) within the nfssvr.sys driver. Interestingly, the November patches from Microsoft also include a remote kernel data read vulnerability in the same nfssvr.sys driver (CVE-2020-17056), which leads to a potential ASLR (address space layout randomization) bypass.

The combination of these two vulnerabilities dramatically increases the likelihood of a remote exploit when used on Windows Server to bypass exploit mitigations. CVE-2020-17051 is the first known vulnerability which has been disclosed within the Windows implementation of the NFSv3 protocol to the best of our knowledge.

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Source: McAfee