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09 February 2005

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           ESB-2005.0117 -- Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-008
     Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code Execution
                              9 February 2005

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        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
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Product:           Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Service Pack 4
                   Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Service Pack 2
                   Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 (Itanium)
                   Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 (Itanium)
                   Microsoft Windows Server 2003
                   Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems
                   Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE)
                   Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME)
Publisher:         Microsoft
Operating System:  Windows
Impact:            Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
                   Increased Privileges
Access:            Remote/Unauthenticated

Original Bulletin: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS05-008.mspx

Comment: From Microsoft's MS05-008 bulletin:
         
         "This update resolves a newly-discovered vulnerability. The
         vulnerability is documented in the "Vulnerability Details" section of
         this bulletin. A privilege elevation vulnerability exists in Windows
         because of the way that Windows handles drag-and-drop events. An
         attacker could exploit the vulnerability by constructing a malicious
         Web page. This malicious Web page could potentially allow an attacker
         to save a file on the user's system if a user visited a malicious Web
         site or viewed a malicious e-mail message.
         
         If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker
         who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete
         control of an affected system. An attacker could then install
         programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with
         full user rights. Users whose accounts are configured to have fewer
         user rights on the system could be less impacted than users who
         operate with administrative user rights. However, user interaction is
         required to exploit this vulnerability."

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MS05-008
Title:  Vulnerability in Windows Shell Could Allow Remote Code
Execution (890047)

Affected Software: 
 - Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 3 and Microsoft Windows 2000
Service Pack 4
 - Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Windows XP
Service Pack 2
 - Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Service Pack 1 (Itanium)
 - Microsoft Windows XP 64-Bit Edition Version 2003 (Itanium)
 - Microsoft Windows Server 2003
 - Microsoft Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems
 - Microsoft Windows 98, Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition (SE),
and Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (ME)

Impact of Vulnerability: Remote Code Execution

Maximum Severity Rating: Important

Restart required: Yes

Update can be uninstalled: Yes

More information on this vulnerability is available at:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS05-008.mspx

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