||Windows Explorer in Microsoft Windows Vista up to SP1, and Server 2008, allows user-assisted remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via crafted saved-search (.search-ms) files that are not properly handled when saving, aka "Windows Saved Search Vulnerability."
|Base: ||9.3 (as of 09-07-2008 - 10:35)|
Leverage Executable Code in Non-Executable Files
An attack of this type exploits a system's trust in configuration and resource files, when the executable loads the resource (such as an image file or configuration file) the attacker has modified the file to either execute malicious code directly or manipulate the target process (e.g. application server) to execute based on the malicious configuration parameters. Since systems are increasingly interrelated mashing up resources from local and remote sources the possibility of this attack occurring is high.
The attack can also target server processes. The attacker edits the resource or configuration file, for example a web.xml file used to configure security permissions for a J2EE app server, adding role name "public" grants all users with the public role the ability to use the administration functionality.
The server trusts its configuration file to be correct, but when they are manipulated, the attacker gains full control.
Manipulating User-Controlled Variables
This attack targets user controlled variables (DEBUG=1, PHP Globals, and So Forth). An attacker can override environment variables leveraging user-supplied, untrusted query variables directly used on the application server without any data sanitization. In extreme cases, the attacker can change variables controlling the business logic of the application. For instance, in languages like PHP, a number of poorly set default configurations may allow the user to override variables.
|NASL family||Windows : Microsoft Bulletins |
|NASL id||SMB_NT_MS08-038.NASL |
|description||The remote version of Windows contains a version of the Windows Shell that contains a vulnerability in the way it handles saved searches.
An attacker might use this flaw to trick an administrator to execute a saved search and therefore execute arbitrary commands on his behalf. |
|last seen||2019-02-21 |
|plugin id||33442 |
|title||MS08-038: Vulnerability in Windows Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution (950582) |
|name||Jeff Ito |
|organization||Secure Elements, Inc. |
|name||Josh Turpin |
|organization||Symantec Corporation |
|comment||Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit) is installed |
|comment||Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition is installed |
|comment||Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit) Service Pack 1 is installed |
|comment||Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1 is installed |
|comment||Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) is installed |
|comment||Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (ia-64) is installed |
|comment||Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) is installed |
|description||Windows Explorer in Microsoft Windows Vista up to SP1, and Server 2008, allows user-assisted remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via crafted saved-search (.search-ms) files that are not properly handled when saving, aka "Windows Saved Search Vulnerability." |
|title||Windows Saved Search Vulnerability |
|Last major update
||07-03-2011 - 22:07
||08-07-2008 - 19:41
||12-10-2018 - 17:45