MS12-036: Vulnerability in Remote Desktop Could Allow Remote Code Execution (2685939) (uncredentialed check)

High Nessus Plugin ID 59980


The remote Windows host could allow arbitrary code execution.


An arbitrary remote code execution vulnerability exists in the implementation of the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) on the remote Windows host. The vulnerability is due to the way that RDP accesses an object in memory that has been improperly initialized or deleted.

If RDP has been enabled on the affected system, an unauthenticated, remote attacker could leverage this vulnerability to cause the system to execute arbitrary code by sending a sequence of specially crafted RDP packets to it.

Note that the Remote Desktop Protocol is not enabled by default.

Also note that this plugin tries to crash an affected system. It works only under the following circumstances :

1) The remote system supports SSL for RDP security, and 2) The remote system has a 64-bit Operating System, and 3) The RDP server succeeds in allocating 4-GB of paged memory.


Microsoft has released a set of patches for Windows XP, 2003, Vista, 2008, 7, and 2008 R2.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 59980

File Name: ms12-036_dos.nbin

Version: $Revision: 1.21 $

Type: remote

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2012/07/16

Modified: 2017/08/30

Dependencies: 10940

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.3

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/06/12

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/06/12

Exploitable With

Core Impact

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2012-0173

BID: 53826

OSVDB: 82851

MSFT: MS12-036

IAVA: 2012-A-0092

MSKB: 2685939