Alert: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-003 - Vulnerability in the Indexing Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (871250)

From: Russ Cooper (Russ.Cooper_at_TRUSECURE.CA)
Date: 01/11/05

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    Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-003:
    Vulnerability in the Indexing Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (871250)

    Bulletin URL:
    <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS05-003.mspx>

    Version Number: 1.0
    Issued Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2005
    Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution
    Maximum Severity Rating: Important
    Patch(es) Replaced: None
    Caveats: None

    Tested Software:
    Affected Software:
    ------------------
    * Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
    <http://tinyurl.com/6wf2z>
    * Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1
    <http://tinyurl.com/3k738>
    * Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Service Pack 1
    <http://tinyurl.com/4gcw9>
    * Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003
    <http://tinyurl.com/68oob>
    * Microsoft Windows Server 2003
    <http://tinyurl.com/5r59r>
    * Microsoft Windows Server 2003 64-Bit Edition
    <http://tinyurl.com/68oob>

    Affected Components:
    --------------------
    * Indexing Service

    Technical Description:
    ----------------------
    * Indexing Service Vulnerability - CAN-2004-0897: A remote code execution vulnerability exists in the Indexing Service because of the way that it handles query validation. An attacker could exploit the vulnerability by constructing a malicious query that could potentially allow remote code execution on an affected system. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system. While remote code execution is possible, an attack would most likely result in a denial of service condition.

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    Cheers,
    Russ - Senior Scientist - TruSecure Corporation/NTBugtraq Editor

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