Vulnerability in Windows Explorer Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Description: This security update resolves a publicly reported vulnerability in Windows Explorer that could allow remote code execution when a specially crafted saved-search file is opened and saved. 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. The security update addresses these vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Windows Explorer parses saved searches.
Update type: Important
Release date: July 8, 2008
Applies to: All
Knowledge base: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/950582
Comments: Here are the specifics on the vulnerabilities covered by this update:
- Windows Saved Search Vulnerability – CVE-2008-1435
For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB950582.