Vulnerability Note VU#466428

Skype URI handler fails to properly parse parameters

Original Release date: 06 Jun 2006 | Last revised: 07 Jun 2006


A remote attacker could potentially retrieve files from Skype users running the Microsoft Windows version of the Skype software.


Skype is an application that allows users to communicate with voice or messaging across the Internet or local area networks. Skype also features the ability for users to transfer files, send SMS messages, and send videos. In some circumstances, a Skype URL can be crafted that, if followed, initiates the transfer of a single named file to another Skype user.

Skype reports that this vulnerability only affects the Windows version of the software.


If a victim user connects to the specially-crafted Skype URL, an attacker could get any file he/she chooses from the victim's computer with the privileges of the user running Skype.


Upgrade to Skype 2.5, release 2.5.*.79 (or later) or Skype 2.0, release 2.0.*.105 (or later). More information can be found in Skype security bulletin SKYPE-SB/2006-001.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Skype TechnologiesAffected-23 May 2006
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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This vulnerability was reported in Skype Security Bulletin 2006-001. Skype, in turn, credits Brett Moore of Security- Ltd. with discovery and reporting of this issue.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-2312
  • Date Public: 18 May 2006
  • Date First Published: 06 Jun 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 07 Jun 2006
  • Severity Metric: 0.24
  • Document Revision: 22


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