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CA-2002-37 Buffer Overflow in Microsoft Windows Shell
release date: December 19, 2002
Last revised: --
revision history can be found at the end of this file.
versions of Microsoft Windows XP
overflow vulnerability exists in the Microsoft Windows Shell.
An attacker can exploit this vulnerability by enticing a victim to
read a malicious email message, visit a malicious web page, or browse
to a folder containing a malicious .MP3 or .WMA file. The attacker can
then execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the victim.
Windows Shell provides the basic human-computer
interface for Windows systems. Browsing local and remote folders,
running wizards, and performing configuration tasks are examples of
operations utilizing the Windows Shell. Microsoft describes the
Windows Shell as follows:
Shell is responsible for providing the basic framework
of the Windows user interface experience. It is most familiar to
users as the Windows Desktop, but also provides a variety of other
functions to help define the user's computing session, including
organizing files and folders, and providing the means to start
exists in the Windows Shell function used to extract
attribute information from audio files. This function is invoked
automatically when a user browses to a folder containing .MP3 or .WMA
files. Further information about this vulnerability can be found in
the following documents:
Research Labs Advisory FS2002-11
Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-072
CERT/CC Vulnerability Note VU#591890
candidate (CAN-2002-1327) has been assigned as well.
can either execute arbitrary code (which would run with
the privileges of the victim) or crash the Windows Shell.
patch from your vendor
A contains information provided by vendors for this advisory.
As vendors report new information to the CERT/CC, we will update this
section and note the changes in our revision history. If a particular
vendor is not listed below, we have not received their comments.
Please contact your vendor directly.
Microsoft is actively deploying the patch for this vulnerability via
A. - Vendor Information
B. - References
Research Labs Advisory FS2002-11 -
2. Microsoft Security Bulletin MS02-072 -
3. CERT/CC Vulnerability Note VU#591890 -
4. CVE CAN-2002-1327 -
Research Labs discovered this vulnerability.
Ian A. Finlay.
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