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MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger webcam stream heap overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#166521

Original Release Date: 2007-08-28 | Last Revised: 2007-09-13


MSN Messenger fails to properly handle webcam streams, which may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.


MSN Messenger is an instant messaging application. Starting with version 8, MSN Messenger was renamed to Windows Live Messenger. Windows Live Messenger and some versions of MSN Messenger support the use of webcams. MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger appear to require user interaction to connect a webcam stream.

MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger contain a heap overflow in the handling of a malformed webcam streams. Exploit code for this vulnerability is publicly available.


By convincing a user to accept a webcam invitation, a remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.


Apply an update
This issue is addressed by Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-054. This update provides fixed versions of MSN Messenger 6.2, 7.0, 7.5, and Windows Live Messenger 8.0

Do not accept webcam invitations

If you are unable to install a fixed version, do not accept any webcam invitations, regardless of the source.

Vendor Information


Microsoft Corporation Affected

Notified:  August 22, 2007 Updated: August 28, 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.

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This vulnerability was publicly reported by team509.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-2931
Severity Metric: 3.54
Date Public: 2007-01-31
Date First Published: 2007-08-28
Date Last Updated: 2007-09-13 14:20 UTC
Document Revision: 8

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