A buffer overflow vulnerability in Microsoft Winsock may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.
Winsock (Windows Socket 2) allows network applications to relay data across a network regardless of the network protocol being used. Microsoft's Winsock contains a buffer overflow vulnerability that can allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code and gain control of the affected system. Exploitation of this vulnerability occurs when the remote attacker can convince the user to open a specially crafted file or website.
Microsoft's bulletin states that the following Windows operating systems are affected by this vulnerability:
A remote attacker who can successfully convince a user to open a specially crafted file or website may be able to execute arbitrary code and gain control of the affected system.
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* Note that this workaround does NOT fix the underlying vulnerability but will help block known methods of attack.
Thanks to Microsoft Security for reporting this vulnerability in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-041. Microsoft, in turn, thanks Peter Winter Smith of NGS Software for reporting the vulnerability to them.
This document was written by Katie Washok.
|Date First Published:||2006-08-08|
|Date Last Updated:||2006-08-08 21:09 UTC|