On March 11, Beijing time, Microsoft released March 2020 updates to fix vulnerabilities among which is a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Server Message Block 3.1.1 (SMBv3) indicated in a security bulletin released earlier. Instead of a security patch, Microsoft currently provides a workaround for users to mitigate this vulnerability.
According to researchers from multiple organizations, this vulnerability is actually the one identified as CVE-2020-0796 and has characteristics of worms. This vulnerability exists in the way the Microsoft SMBv3 protocol handles certain requests. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability in an unauthenticated way.
For the SMBv3 server, attackers could send a crafted packet to the server to trigger this vulnerability; for the SMBv3 client, attackers could trigger this vulnerability by tricking the user into connecting to a maliciously crafted SMB server.
- Windows 10 Version 1903 for 32-bit Systems
- Windows 10 Version 1903 for ARM64-based Systems
- Windows 10 Version 1903 for x64-based Systems
- Windows 10 Version 1909 for 32-bit Systems
- Windows 10 Version 1909 for ARM64-based Systems
- Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64-based Systems
- Windows Server, version 1903 (Server Core installation)
- Windows Server, version 1909 (Server Core installation)
Microsoft provides a mitigation instead of a security patch to fix this vulnerability. Users are advised to apply the following workaround as soon as possible:
Users can run the following PowerShell command to disable compression on the SMBv3 server:
Set-ItemProperty -Path “HKLM:\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\LanmanServer\Parameters” DisableCompression -Type DWORD -Value 1 –Force
Note: No reboot is needed after making the change. The preceding command is only used to temporarily protect against attacks targeting the SMB server. However, attackers can also exploit this vulnerability to target an SMB client.
Besides, users can disable TCP port 445 for protection. For details, see Microsoft’s security advisory at the following address:
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