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             AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution

           ESB-2002.582 -- Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-061
         Elevation of Privilege in SQL Server Web Tasks (Q316333)
                              17 October 2002

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:                Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
                        Microsoft SQL Server 2000
                        Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0
                        Microsoft Desktop Engine (MSDE) 2000
Vendor:                 Microsoft
Operating System:       Windows
Impact:                 Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
                        Increased Privileges
Access Required:        Remote
                        Existing Account

Ref:                    ESB-2002.539

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Title:      Elevation of Privilege in SQL Server Web Tasks (Q316333)
Released:   16 October 2002
Software:   Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and 2000
Impact:     Elevation of privilege
Max Risk:   Critical
Bulletin:   MS02-061

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at: 
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS02-061.asp.
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Issue:
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SQL Server 7.0 and 2000 provide stored procedures which is a coll-
ection of Transact-SQL statements stored under a name and processed 
as a group. One stored procedure, an extended stored procedure and 
weak permissions on a table combine to allow a low privileged user 
the ability to run, delete, insert or update web tasks. 

An attacker who is able to authenticate to a SQL server could delete,
insert or update all the web tasks created by other users. In 
addition, the attacker could run already created web tasks in the 
context of the creator of the web task. This typically runs in the 
context of the SQL Server Agent service account.

Mitigating Factors:
====================
- - - It is necessary to be an authenticated user of the SQL Server. 
- - - Exploiting this vulnerability could allow the attacker to escalate
  privileges to the level of the SQL Server service account. By 
  default, the service runs with the privileges of a domain user, 
  rather than with system privileges. 
- - - Web tasks have to exist in the first place.

Risk Rating:
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 - Internet systems: Critical
 - Intranet systems: Critical
 - Client systems: None

Patch Availability:
===================
 - A patch is available to fix this vulnerability. Please read the 
   Security Bulletin at
   http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms02-061.asp
   for information on obtaining this patch.

Acknowledgment:
===============
 - Microsoft thanks  David Litchfield of Next Generation Security 
   Software Ltd. for reporting this issue to us and working with 
   us to protect customers. We would also like to thank Martin 
   Rakhmanoff (jimmers@yandex.ru) for contributing to the 
   investigation.

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