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Microsoft Windows Shell COM Object Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Risk

High

Date Discovered

April 11, 2006

Description

Microsoft Windows Shell is prone to a remote code-execution vulnerability. This issue is due to a flaw in its handling of remote COM objects. Remote attackers may exploit this issue to execute arbitrary machine code in the context of the targeted user. This may facilitate the remote compromise of affected computers. This issue is described as a variant of the one in BID 10363 (Microsoft Windows XP Self-Executing Folder Vulnerability).

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP1
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP2
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4
  • Microsoft Windows 98
  • Microsoft Windows 98SE
  • Microsoft Windows ME
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP1
  • Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2

Recommendations

Block external access at the network boundary, unless external parties require service.

Allow only trusted hosts and networks to connect to affected computers.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

As exploiting this issue requires users to visit malicious websites, ensure that URIs received from unknown or untrusted sources are not followed.

Run all software as a nonprivileged user with minimal access rights.

All non-administrative tasks should be performed as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights. This will help to reduce the consequences of successful exploits.
Microsoft has released an advisory along with fixes to address this issue. Please see the referenced advisory for further information. Microsoft has updated this security bulletin (MS06-015) to release new fixes because of problems with the fixes originally released with this bulletin. Customers who did not experience problems with Windows shell or Windows Explorer after installing the original fixes do not need to update their fixes. Please see the references for more information.

Credits

NISCC reported this issue to the vendor.
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