Microsoft Confirms DNS Attacks

Microsoft  is confirming “very limited, targeted attacks” against its Windows Server DNS (Domain Name System) Service.

The attackers are attempting to exploit a vulnerability in the DNS Service that could potentially allow for arbitrary code execution to run with the same privileges as the DNS Service itself. DNS  is a core server service that translates IP addresses into domain names that can be resolved.

“On Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 running the DNS Server Service an anonymous attacker could try to exploit the vulnerability by sending a specially crafted RPC packet to an affected system,” Microsoft said in a security advisory Friday.

RPC  (Remote Procedure Call) is a commonly used protocol that enables remote service requests across a network.

As a workaround for the issue, Microsoft is suggesting that Windows Server users disable remote management over RPC capability for DNS Servers through the registry key setting.

A Microsoft spokesperson noted that Microsoft will continue to take further action to help protect customers by providing an update through its monthly process or out-of-cycle depending on customers’ needs.

The DNS flaw warning comes amid a flurry of other security warnings and patches from Microsoft. Earlier this week, Microsoft trotted out five security bulletins, four for the Windows operating system and one for its Content Management Server.

The software giant this month also patched a significant animated cursor hole.

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