Vulnerability Note VU#279156

Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions contains buffer overflow in remote debugging functionality

Original Release date: 12 Nov 2003 | Last revised: 14 Nov 2003


Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions contains a vulnerability that allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code with local system privileges.


Microsoft FrontPage Server Extensions (FPSE) is an optional set of tools that adds functionality to a web site. This functionality includes remote server administration, content updates, and a variety of site-specific tools such as searching support and form handling. According to MS03-051, FPSE is installed by default on Internet Information Server (IIS) 4.0, 5.0, and 5.1.

The FPSE contains a buffer overflow vulnerability in its support of remote debugging. This vulnerability can be exploited by an unauthenticated remote attacker and allows arbitrary code to be executed with local system privileges.


This vulnerability allows unauthenticated remote attackers to execute arbitrary code with local system privileges.


Apply a patch from Microsoft

Microsoft has published Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-051 to address this vulnerability. For a complete list of systems affected, please read the Microsoft bulletin.

Disable FrontPage Server Extensions

As a an interim measure, sites may reduce their exposure to this vulnerability by disabling FrontPage Server Extensions. Note that this may reduce the functionality of sites that utilize FPSE extensions.

Disable Internet Information Server

The IIS web server is installed by default on several versions of Microsoft Windows. As a general rule, the CERT/CC recommends that system administrators disable or remove any nonessential software. In this case, IIS should be removed from any host that is not expected to serve web pages.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected12 Nov 200312 Nov 2003
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This vulnerability was reported to Microsoft by Brett More of

This document was written by Jeffrey P. Lanza and is based upon information provided by Microsoft.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2003-0822
  • Date Public: 11 Nov 2003
  • Date First Published: 12 Nov 2003
  • Date Last Updated: 14 Nov 2003
  • Severity Metric: 52.31
  • Document Revision: 18


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