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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   Google Desktop Search Vendors:   Google
Google Desktop Input Validation Hole in 'under' Parameter Permits Scripting Attacks
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017686
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-1085   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 19 2008
Original Entry Date:  Feb 22 2007
Impact:   Disclosure of system information, Disclosure of user information, Execution of arbitrary code via network, Modification of user information
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 5.0.0701.30540
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Google Desktop. A remote user can conduct scripting attacks in certain situations. This may allow the remote user to gain control of the target user's system.

The Desktop Preferences page does not properly filter HTML code from user-supplied input in the 'under' keyword before displaying the input.

Note that the 'under' parameter is part of the Advanced Search page, and the contents of this page are included in the main Desktop Search page but not displayed to the user.

If a cross-site scripting vulnerability is present on any page on, then a remote user can leverage the cross-site scripting vulnerability to cause arbitrary scripting code to run in the context of the Google Desktop application. The code will be able to access data on the target user's system and take actions on the system acting as the target user.

The original advisory is available at:

Yair Amit, Danny Allan, and Adi Sharabani from Watchfire discovered this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can access data on the target user's system and take actions on the system acting as the target user.
Solution:   The vendor has reportedly issued a fix. The advisory from Watchfire indicates that version 5.0.0701.30540 contains the fix.

[Editor's note: At the time of this entry, the Google release notes at did not mention either this version or this vulnerability.]

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Windows (2000), Windows (2003), Windows (XP)

Message History:   None.

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