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Technical Analysis

A remote and unauthenticated attacker can trigger a denial-of-service condition on Microsoft Windows Domain Controllers by leveraging a flaw that leads to a null pointer deference within the Windows kernel. This vulnerability was silently patched by Microsoft in April of 2022 in the same batch of changes that addressed the unrelated CVE-2022-24500 vulnerability.

CVE-2022-32230 is caused by a missing check in srv2!Smb2ValidateVolumeObjectsMatch to verify that a pointer is not null before reading a PDEVICE_OBJECT from it and passing it to IoGetBaseFileSystemDeviceObject. This function is called from the dispatch routine for an SMB2 QUERY_INFO request of the FILE_INFO / FILE_NORMALIZED_NAME_INFORMATION class. Per the docs in MS-SMB2 section Handling SMB2_0_INFO_FILE, FILE_NORMALIZED_NAME_INFORMATION is only available when the dialect is 3.1.1.

For FileNormalizedNameInformation information class requests, if not supported by the server implementation<392>, or if Connection.Dialect is “2.0.2”, “2.1” or “3.0.2”, the server MUST fail the request with STATUS_NOT_SUPPORTED.

Only newer versions of Windows that support the SMB 3.1.1 dialect are affected by this flaw (Windows 10 / Server 2019 and later).

To trigger this code path, a user would open any named pipe from the IPC$ share and make a QUERY_INFO request for the FILE_NORMALIZED_NAME_INFORMATION class. This typically requires user permissions or a non-default configuration enabling guest access. This is not the case, however, for the noteworthy exception of domain controllers where there are multiple named pipes that can be opened anonymously, such as netlogon. An alternative named pipe that can be used but does typically require permissions is the srvsvc pipe.

Under normal circumstances, the FILE_NORMALIZED_NAME_INFORMATION class would be used to query the normalized name information of a file that exists on disk. This differs from the exploitation scenario which queries a named pipe.

A system that has applied the patch for this vulnerability will respond to the request with the error STATUS_NOT_SUPPORTED.

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