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PGP Desktop service fails to validate user supplied data

Vulnerability Note VU#102465

Original Release Date: 2007-01-31 | Last Revised: 2007-02-12


PGP Desktop fails to properly validate objects passed into the PGP Desktop service. This vulnerability may allow a remote, authenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code.


PGP Desktop versions prior to 9.5.1 fail to properly validate objects passed into the PGP Desktop service (PGPServ.exe/PGPsdkServ.exe). This service is installed by PGP Desktop to transport objects and data between the PGP clients and the PGP Desktop service. The PGP Desktop service fails to properly validate user-supplied data. This may allow a remote, authenticated attacker to overwrite arbitrary memory.


A remote, authenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code, possibly with elevated privileges.



PGP has addressed this issue in PGP version 9.5.1 and above.


PGP has provided the following workarounds:

1. Turn off Windows Filesharing. This is the definitive way to eliminate the problem since disabling Windows Filesharing would prevent the attack.
2. Use a third-party Personal Firewall, or the built-in Windows XP SP2 Firewall. Block foreign connections to your RPC/Filesharing services.

Vendor Information


PGP Corporation Affected

Updated:  January 31, 2007



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.


Please see PGP FAQ 703 for further information.

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This vulnerability was reported by Peter Winter-Smith of NGSSoftware.

This document was written by Katie Steiner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0603
Severity Metric: 4.04
Date Public: 2007-01-25
Date First Published: 2007-01-31
Date Last Updated: 2007-02-12 09:15 UTC
Document Revision: 25

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