Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers Microsoft Windows LPD Service Remote DoS Vulnerability

Summary

Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered a remote DoS vulnerability in Microsoft Windows Line Printer Daemon (LPD) service.


The LPD service enables client computers to send print requests to the LPD service on the server using the Line Printer Remote (LPR) protocol. More information about the Line Printer Remote protocol can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Line_Printer_Daemon_protocol.

Windows LPD service is susceptible to a remote DoS vulnerability. The issue occurs when the LPD service does not properly deal with a specially crafted network packet. A remote attacker may be able to exploit this to stop Windows LPD service.

Solutions

FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

MS.Windows.LPD.Service.Remote.DoS
Released Dec 05, 2016

Users should apply the solution provided by Microsoft.

Timeline

Fortinet reported the vulnerability to Microsoft on November 1, 2016.

Microsoft told Fortinet "The issue was fixed in Windows Redstone 2." on May 17, 2018.


Acknowledgement

This vulnerability was discovered by Honggang Ren of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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