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Category:   OS (Microsoft)  >   Windows Explorer Vendors:   Microsoft
Windows Explorer Bug in Parsing Saved Search Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020436
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-1435   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jul 8 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Vista, Vista SP1, 2008
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Windows Explorer. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted saved-search file file that, when opened by the target user via Windows Explorer, will trigger a parsing error and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 are affected.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued the following fixes:

Windows Vista and Windows Vista Service Pack 1:

Windows Vista x64 Edition and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1:

Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems*:

Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems*:

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems:

* = (core installation is affected).

A restart is required.

The Microsoft advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Date:  Tue, 8 Jul 2008 12:51:37 -0400
Subject:  Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-038 Important: Vulnerability in Windows Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution (950582)


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