Vulnerability in Windows Journal Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS14-038)

ITS Advisory Number: 
2014-063
Date(s) Issued: 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Subject: 
Vulnerability in Windows Journal Could Allow Remote Code Execution (MS14-038)
Overview: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows Journal that could result in remote code execution. Windows Journal is a notetaking application, created by Microsoft. This vulnerability requires that a user opens a specially crafted Journal file. Successful exploitation could result in the attacker gaining the same user rights as the current user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Systems Affected: 
  • Microsoft Vista
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 and 8.1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows RT and RT 8.1
RISK
GOVERNMENT
Large and medium government entities: 
High
Small government entities: 
High
BUSINESS
Large and medium business entities: 
High
Small business entities: 
High
Home Users: 
High
Description: 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows Journal that could result in remote code execution. The vulnerability exists in the way Windows Journal parses specially crafted files. The subsequent parsing of the file causes the Journal program to crash in a way that an attacker could execute arbitrary code. Successful exploitation could result in the attacker gaining the same user rights as the current user. Depending on the privileges associated with the user, an attacker could install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

Actions: 
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to open email attachments from unknown users or suspicious emails from trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites or follow links provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.
  • Remind users not to download or open files from un-trusted websites.
References: 
Microsoft:
https://technet.microsoft.com/library/security/ms14-038
CVE
http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2014-1824