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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-1999.184 -- Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS99-054)
Patch Available for "WPAD Spoofing" Vulnerability
03 December 1999
Microsoft Corporation has released the following security bulletin
concerning a vulnerability in the Web Proxy Auto Detect feature of Internet
This vulnerability may cause a client browser to search for a WPAD server
outside the local network. A bogus WPAD server may be configured to
provide arbitrary proxy settings to the client, if the proxy settings were
This vulnerability affects Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.
If a bogus WPAD server provided proxy settings for a client which were invalid then a denial of service attack may be made against the client's site.
Additionally, if a bogus WPAD server was established to route local browser
traffic from the client's site through a hostile user's site, then the
malicious site may eavesdrop on the client site's browser traffic.
This security bulletin is provided as a service to AusCERT's members.
As AusCERT did not write the document referenced above, AusCERT has
had no control over its content. The decision to use any or all
of this information is the responsibility of each user or organisation,
and should be done so in accordance with site policies and procedures.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact
Microsoft Corporation directly.
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