Vulnerability Note VU#468227

Microsoft Vista and Server 2008 vulnerable to memory corruption via saved search

Original Release date: 09 Dec 2008 | Last revised: 09 Dec 2008


Microsoft Windows Vista and Server 2008 contain a memory corruption vulnerability when saving a specially crafted search file. This vulnerability may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


In Windows Vista and Server 2008, users can save searches as a search folder that is generated by a .search-ms XML file. Microsoft Windows fails to properly parse .search-ms files, which can result in memory corruption.


By convincing a user to save a specially crafted search specified by a .search-ms file, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


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This vulnerability is addressed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS08-075. This bulletin also includes several workarounds, including changing the file association for .search-ms files and denying the ability to save searches.

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VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-09 Dec 2008
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Thanks to Andre Protas of eEye for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2008-4268
  • Date Public: 09 Dec 2008
  • Date First Published: 09 Dec 2008
  • Date Last Updated: 09 Dec 2008
  • Severity Metric: 4.39
  • Document Revision: 6


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