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Microsoft Windows 2000 Event Viewer contains buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#201704

Original Release Date: 2002-05-24 | Last Revised: 2002-05-24

Overview

The Windows 2000 event viewer contains a buffer overflow.

Description

The Microsoft Windows 2000 event viewer contains a buffer overflow that can be exploited when a record written to an event log is examined by the event viewer. Both privileged and unprivileged users can read and write to the system and application logs, but only privileged users and processes can read and write the security log. The buffer overflow occurs in the code used to process and display properties of individual event records. For more information, see

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-013.asp

The data needed to run code can be inserted into event logs remotely, but an intruder cannot cause the vulnerability to be triggered without tricking or cooercing someone to examine the particular event log record containing the malicious data.

Impact

An intruder who can write to an event log can insert data that will cause a buffer overflow to occur when a user examines the record in the event log. This will allow the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the person examining the record.

Solution

Apply a patch as described in the Microsoft bulletin.

Vendor Information

201704
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Microsoft

Updated:  May 23, 2002

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

See http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-013.asp

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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CVSS Metrics

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Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A

References

Credit

Our thanks to Microsoft, for the information contained in their bulletin

This document was written by Shawn V. Hernan.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0147
Severity Metric: 2.53
Date Public: 2001-02-26
Date First Published: 2002-05-24
Date Last Updated: 2002-05-24 00:08 UTC
Document Revision: 2

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