Microsoft SQL Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-0618) Threat Alert

Microsoft SQL Server Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (CVE-2020-0618) Threat Alert

March 3, 2020 | Mina Hao

Vulnerability Description

On February 12, Microsoft released a security update to announce the fix of the remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2020-0618) in Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services. SQL Server, developed by Microsoft, is a relational database management system (RDBMS) that is widely used in the world.

An attacker gaining low privileges could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary cod in the context of the Report Server service account by sending a carefully crafted request to an affected Reporting Services instance of an affected SQL Server. Currently, the proof of concept (PoC) of this vulnerability is already publicly available. Affected users should apply the related security update for protection.

For details of this vulnerability, visit the following link:

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2020-0618

Scope of Impact

Affected Versions

  • SQL Server 2012 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 4 (QFE)
  • SQL Server 2012 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 4 (QFE)
  • SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 for 32-bit Systems (CU)
  • SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 for 32-bit Systems (GDR)
  • SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 for x64-based Systems (CU)
  • SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 for x64-based Systems (GDR)
  • SQL Server 2016 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (CU)
  • SQL Server 2016 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2 (GDR)

Note: For version details and update download links, see the appendix.

Mitigation

  • Patch installation

Currently, Microsoft has released security updates to fix this vulnerability in system versions supported by Microsoft. Affected users should apply these updates as soon as possible for protection. These updates are available at the following link:

https://portal.msrc.microsoft.com/en-us/security-guidance/advisory/CVE-2020-0618

For more information on determining your SQL Server version number, see a Microsoft Knowledge Base Article from the following link:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/321185/how-to-determine-the-version-edition-and-update-level-of-sql-server-an

  • Mitigations

As an attacker could encode a request packet to bypass the web application firewall, users are strongly advised to install security updates as soon as possible. Besides, anonymous access should be prohibited to make sure that only authenticated users can access related applications. If you suspect your server is vulnerable, in addition to update installation, change your password for login to the server to prevent attackers from exploiting it.

Appendix: Versions and Patches

Update Number Product Apply If Current Product Version Is … Patch Download Link
4532097 SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 (GDR) 13.0.5026.0 – 13.0.5101.9

 

 

https://download.microsoft.com/download/6/d/8/6d8acd3e-e624-4256-8265-07c39b25e9ad/SQLServer2016-KB4532097-x64.exe
4535706 SQL Server 2016 Service Pack 2 CU11 13.0.5149.0 – 13.0.5598.27 https://download.microsoft.com/download/9/f/a/9fa97512-ff9b-466a-918e-d95214fbfceb/SQLServer2016-KB4535706-x64.exe
4532095 SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 for 64-bit Systems (GDR) 12.0.6024.0 – 12.0.6108.1 https://download.microsoft.com/download/2/d/d/2ddc7094-0c7a-40b0-accf-07a5f57e0040/SQLServer2014-KB4532095-x64.exe
4532095 SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 for 32-bit Systems (GDR) 12.0.6024.0 – 12.0.6108.1 https://download.microsoft.com/download/2/d/d/2ddc7094-0c7a-40b0-accf-07a5f57e0040/SQLServer2014-KB4532095-x86.exe
4535288 SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 CU4 12.0.6205.1 – 12.0.6329.1 https://download.microsoft.com/download/4/b/6/4b623928-0e26-4e4f-9d31-9974af8ac8ba/SQLServer2014-KB4535288-x64.exe
4535288 SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 3 for 32-bit Systems (CU) 12.0.6205.1 – 12.0.6329.1 https://download.microsoft.com/download/4/b/6/4b623928-0e26-4e4f-9d31-9974af8ac8ba/SQLServer2014-KB4535288-x86.exe
4532098 SQL Server 2012 for 64-bit Systems Service Pack 4 (QFE) 111.0.7001.0 – 11.0.7462.6 https://download.microsoft.com/download/5/6/b/56bfd2a1-48db-434a-9572-4d8dbf7ef047/SQLServer2012-KB4532098-x64.exe
4532098 SQL Server 2012 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 4 (QFE) 111.0.7001.0 – 11.0.7462.6 https://download.microsoft.com/download/5/6/b/56bfd2a1-48db-434a-9572-4d8dbf7ef047/SQLServer2012-KB4532098-x86.exe

 

Note: If your SQL Server version number is not represented in the table above, your SQL Server version is no longer supported. Please upgrade to the latest Service Pack or SQL Server product in order to apply this and future security updates.

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