April 11, 2006
Microsoft Outlook Express is prone to a remote buffer-overflow vulnerability. This vulnerability presets itself when the application processes a specially crafted Windows Address Book (.wab) file. An attacker may exploit this issue to execute arbitrary code in the context of a user running the vulnerable application. This may result in a remote compromise.
- Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5
- Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5 SP1
- Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5 SP2
- Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0
- Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 SP1
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.
Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.
Deploy NIDS to monitor network traffic for signs of suspicious or anomalous activity. This may help detect malicious actions that an attacker may take after successfully exploiting vulnerabilities in applications. Review all applicable logs regularly.
Do not accept or execute files from untrusted or unknown sources.
Users should never accept files from untrusted or unknown sources, because they may be malicious in nature. Avoid opening email attachments from unknown or questionable sources.
Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.
Users should avoid websites of questionable integrity. Never follow links supplied by unknown or untrusted sources.
Implement multiple redundant layers of security.
Since this issue may be leveraged to execute code, we recommend memory-protection schemes, such as non-executable stack/heap configurations and randomly mapped memory segments. This tactic may complicate exploitation of memory-corruption vulnerabilities.
Microsoft has released fixes to address this vulnerability in supported versions of the affected software.
Stuart Pearson and ATmaCA are credited with the discovery of this issue.
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