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Microsoft Index Server contains buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#655248

Original Release Date: 2001-05-22 | Last Revised: 2001-06-26


A buffer overflow exists in Microsoft Index Server 2.0, which may allow remote attackers to execute code with administrarive privileges.


Microsoft Index Server 2.0 is a tool for building an index of a web site to permit efficient searches. An intruder who can authenticate to the server and create a named pipe to it may be able to exploit a buffer overflow condition to execute code in the Local System Security Context. For more information, see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-025.


Intruders may be able to execute arbitrary code in the Local System Security Context, i.e. with administrative privileges.


Apply a patch as described in MS01-025.

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Updated:  May 21, 2001



Vendor Statement


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


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Thanks to David Litchfield of @Stake, who originally reported this vulnerability, and Microsoft, for the information contained in their advisory.

This document was written by Shawn Hernan

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0244
Severity Metric: 12.83
Date Public: 2001-05-10
Date First Published: 2001-05-22
Date Last Updated: 2001-06-26 02:51 UTC
Document Revision: 5

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