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ITsVISTA KB-Link: KB959349

Vulnerabilities in Windows Search Could Allow Remote Code Execution

UpdatesDescription: This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities in Windows Search. These vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user opens and saves a specially crafted saved-search file within Windows Explorer or if a user clicks a specially crafted search URL. An attacker who successfully exploited these vulnerabilities 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 the vulnerabilities by modifying the way that Windows Explorer frees memory when saving Windows Search files and by modifying the way that Windows Explorer interprets parameters when parsing the search-ms protocol.

Update type: Critical

Release date: December 9, 2008

Applies to: All

Knowledge base: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959349

Download link: 32-bit | 64-bit

Comments: Here are the specifics on the vulnerabilities covered by this update:

There is a download that resolves this issue.
32-bit Download: Contact Microsoft
64-Bit Download: Contact Microsoft

For more information on this issue, including potential causes, workarounds, and resolutions, see: Microsoft KB Article KB959349.

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