Microsoft: IIS Problem Raises CPU to 100%

The Microsoft Security Response Center yesterday issued a security alert for a denial of service (DOS) problem affecting IIS (Internet Information Services) technology, a technology used by Microsoft web servers.

According to Microsoft, IIS servers running Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 are affected by vulnerabilities when processing HTTP / 2 requests.

HTTP / 2 is the latest version of the HTTP protocol supported by the World Wide Web (www), the part of the Internet that normal users can access through browsers.

Microsoft reports that IIS servers that process HTTP / 2 requests can cause CPU usage to 100%, slowing down the entire system.

Gal Goldshtein, software engineer at F5 Networks, was the one who discovered the problem. It is worth mentioning that in addition to the security warning ADV190005 released by Microsoft, to date no other information is available on this vulnerability.

The cumulative updates KB4487006, KB4487011, KB4487021 and KB4487029 released two days ago are supposed to fix the IIS bug we mentioned above.

According to the company, after the updates are implemented, IIS administrators will be able to adjust the HTTP / 2 request threshold and prevent the error caused by IIS freezing and a vertical increase in system CPU resources.

"Limits must be set by the IIS administrator," the company said, "not set by Microsoft."


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