MS16-087: Security Update for Windows Print Spooler (3170005)

high Nessus Plugin ID 92018


The remote Windows host is affected by multiple vulnerabilities.


The remote Windows host is missing a security update. It is, therefore, affected by multiple vulnerabilities :

- A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the Windows Print Spooler service due to improper validation of print drivers while installing a printer from network servers. An unauthenticated, remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability, via a man-in-the-middle attack on a workstation or print server or via a rogue print server, to execute arbitrary code in the context of the current user. (CVE-2016-3238)

- An elevation of privilege vulnerability exists in the Windows Print Spooler service due to improperly allowing arbitrary writing to the file system. An attacker can exploit this issue, via a specially crafted script or application, to execute arbitrary code with elevated system privileges. (CVE-2016-3239)


Microsoft has released a set of patches for Windows Vista, 2008, 7, 2008 R2, 2012, 8.1, RT 8.1, 2012 R2, and 10.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 92018

File Name: smb_nt_ms16-087.nasl

Version: 1.13

Type: local

Agent: windows

Published: 7/12/2016

Updated: 9/4/2020

Supported Sensors: Nessus

Risk Information


Risk Factor: Medium

Score: 6.7


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

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

CVSS Score Source: CVE-2016-3238


Risk Factor: High

Base Score: 8.1

Temporal Score: 7.1

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:H/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:U/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Required KB Items: SMB/MS_Bulletin_Checks/Possible

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 7/12/2016

Vulnerability Publication Date: 7/12/2016

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2016-3238, CVE-2016-3239

BID: 91609, 91612

IAVA: 2016-A-0181

MSFT: MS16-087

MSKB: 3170455, 4038777, 4038779, 4038781, 4038782, 4038783, 4038786, 4038792, 4038793, 4038799