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AUSCERT Security Bulletin
Windows Print Spooler Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
8 July 2021
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Microsoft Print Spooler
Operating System: Windows
Impact/Access: Administrator Compromise -- Existing Account
Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Existing Account
CVE Names: CVE-2021-34527 CVE-2021-1675
Revision History: July 8 2021: Microsoft revised advisory to announce patches are now available for additional Windows versions
July 7 2021: Microsoft revised advisory to announce patches are now available for CVE-2021-34527
July 5 2021: Microsoft revised advisory to update the FAQ, add a mitigation, and add CVSS score
July 2 2021: Initial Release
Microsoft has released an out-of-band critical update to address a
Windows Print Spooler Remote Code Execution Vulnerability.
Microsoft has assigned CVE-2021-34527 to this vulnerability and
acknowledges it has been referred to publicly as PrintNightmare.
This vulnerability has received significant media attention in the past day.
   
Microsoft has stated the following:
"Microsoft is aware of and investigating a remote code execution
vulnerability that affects Windows Print Spooler and has assigned
CVE-2021-34527 to this vulnerability. This is an evolving situation
and we will update the CVE as more information is available.
A remote code execution vulnerability exists when the Windows Print
Spooler service improperly performs privileged file operations.
An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run
arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges. An attacker could then install
programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with
full user rights.
An attack must involve an authenticated user calling RpcAddPrinterDriverEx()."
= Update by Microsoft 20210703 =
Microsoft updated advisory to confirm that client systems and non domain
controller member servers are affected under certain specified conditions. 
Microsoft recommends applying the latest security updates released
on June 8 AND determining if the Print Spooler service is running
and either disabling it or disabling inbound remote printing through
Group Policy. 
Microsoft acknowledges this vulnerability is similar to but distinct
from the recent Print Spooler vulnerability reported as
CVE-2021-1675 and addressed by the June 2021 security updates, and
that they are still investigating the issue and will update the page
as more information becomes available. 
= Update by Microsoft 20210703 = Microsoft updated advisory to
include further mitigation options as an alternative to disabling
printing which involves modifying various group memberships, but
notes this does risk compatibility problems. 
= Update by Microsoft 20210706 = Microsoft updated advisory to
announce an update is being released for several versions of Windows
to address this vulnerability. Updates are not yet available for
Windows 10 version 1607, Windows Server 2016, or Windows Server
2012. Microsoft have stated that security updates for these versions
of Windows will be released at a later date. Microsoft advise the
updates should be applied immediately. 
= Update by Microsoft 20210707 = Microsoft updated advisory to
announce that updates are available for Windows 10 version 1607,
Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012. 
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