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Microsoft Windows SNMP Memory Corruption Vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#901584

Original Release Date: 2006-12-13 | Last Revised: 2007-01-05


A vulnerability in the way Microsoft Windows handles SNMP may allow a buffer overflow that may allow remote execution of arbitrary code.


Microsoft Windows contains a buffer overflow that may occur when handling malformed SNMP packets. According to Microsoft Security Bulletin ms06-074 the exploit is triggered by sending a specially crafted SNMP packet to a vulnerable system.

Note that the SNMP service is not installed on any version of Microsoft Windows by default.


A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition.


Microsoft has released an update to address this issue. See Microsoft Security Bulletin ms06-074 for more details.

Apply a Workaround

    • Block UDP port 161
    • Disable SNMP service - Note that according to Microsoft Security Bulletin ms06-074:
    If you disable the SNMP service, you may not be able to monitor systems via SNMP.

See Microsoft Security Bulletin ms06-074 for more details.

Vendor Information

Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Microsoft Corporation

Updated:  December 12, 2006



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.


Refer to Microsoft Security Bulletin ms06-074.

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This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin ms06-074 Microsoft credits Kostya Kortchinsky of Immunity, Inc. and Clement Seguy of the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company for reporting this issue.

This document was written by Chris Taschner.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2006-5583
Severity Metric: 16.40
Date Public: 2006-12-12
Date First Published: 2006-12-13
Date Last Updated: 2007-01-05 19:46 UTC
Document Revision: 17

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