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Microsoft Indexing Services vulnerable to cross-site scripting

Vulnerability Note VU#108884

Original Release Date: 2006-09-12 | Last Revised: 2006-09-15


Microsoft's Indexing Service does not properly validate queries. This vulnerability may allow an attacker to run client-side scripts on behalf of a user.


Microsoft's Indexing Service allows users to quickly search computers and networks. This service can be used in combination with Internet Information Services (IIS) to enable IIS as a Web-based interface for the Indexing Service.

A cross-site scripting vulnerability on systems running the Indexing Service may allow an attacker to run a malicious script. This script could take any action on the user's computer that the vulnerable web site is legitimately authorized to take. For more information on cross-site scripting, see the CERT Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerabilities document.

Note that both IIS and the Indexing Service need to be installed and running for a system to be vulnerable.


If an attacker can trick or entice a user to follow a link, the attacker can execute script as the victim in the context of the zone in which the vulnerable server resides.


Microsoft has released an update to address this issue.

Disable or remove the Indexing Service
If the indexing service is not needed, disable or remove it. Microsoft has provided instructions on how to do this in Security Bulletin MS06-053.

Vendor Information


Microsoft Corporation Affected

Updated:  September 12, 2006



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.


See Security Bulletin MS06-053 for more details.

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Thanks to Microsoft for supplying information on this vulnerability.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0032
Severity Metric: 1.06
Date Public: 2006-09-12
Date First Published: 2006-09-12
Date Last Updated: 2006-09-15 20:36 UTC
Document Revision: 24

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