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Microsoft Windows Utility Manager launches applications with system privileges

Vulnerability Note VU#868580

Original Release Date: 2004-07-14 | Last Revised: 2004-07-14


The Microsoft Windows 2000 Utility Manager allows authenticated local users to launch applications with SYSTEM privileges.


The Microsoft Windows 2000 Utility Manager is a program that permits users to monitor and launch various accessibility applications. This program contains a privilege escalation vulnerability that permits authenticated local users to launch applications with SYSTEM privileges.

Microsoft reports that the vulnerability disclosed in MS04-019 is different than the one reported in MS04-011, which is described in VU#526084.


This vulnerability allows authenticated local users to launch applications with SYSTEM privileges.


Apply a patch from Microsoft

Microsoft has provided a Security Update to address this vulnerability; for further details, please see Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-019.

Disable the Utility Manager

Administrators can use the Group Policy settings to disable the Utility Manager. Although this action does not fully address the vulnerability, it may be a useful interim measure to prevent exploitation.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Microsoft Corporation

Notified:  July 13, 2004 Updated:  July 14, 2004



Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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


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This vulnerability was reported to Microsoft by Cesar Cerrudo of Application Security Inc.

This document was written by Jeffrey P. Lanza.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2004-0213
Severity Metric: 21.26
Date Public: 2004-07-13
Date First Published: 2004-07-14
Date Last Updated: 2004-07-14 14:37 UTC
Document Revision: 7

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