Vulnerability Note VU#891204

Microsoft Windows fails to properly parse the MHTML protocol

Original Release date: 08 Aug 2006 | Last revised: 08 Aug 2006

Overview

Microsoft Windows fails to properly handle MHTML. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

MHTML

According to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-043:

    MHTML extends HTML to embed encoded objects, such as images, in the HTML document. Although it is actually the HTML rendering extension that renders MHTML, this functionality may also be referred to as the MHTML rendering extension.
The Problem

Microsoft Windows fails to properly handle MHTML. This vulnerability can be triggered by viewing a specially crafted MHTML document.

For more information refer to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-043.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Solution

Apply an update
This vulnerability is addressed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-043.

Workarounds to mitigate this vulnerability until a patch can be applied are available in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-043.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-08 Aug 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A N/A

References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-043.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-2766
  • Date Public: 08 Aug 2006
  • Date First Published: 08 Aug 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 08 Aug 2006
  • Severity Metric: 14.18
  • Document Revision: 11

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