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Microsoft SharePoint Search Scope Information Disclosure Vulnerability



Date Discovered

July 10, 2012


Microsoft SharePoint is prone to a remote information-disclosure vulnerability. Attackers can leverage this issue to tamper with and access information about user search scopes. Information obtained may aid in further attacks.

Technologies Affected

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP3
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP3 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 SP1
  • Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Standard Edition


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

To limit the consequences of a successful exploit, run the application with the least privilege required.

Deploy network intrusion detection systems to monitor network traffic for malicious activity.

To reduce the impact of latent vulnerabilities, always run nonadministrative software as an unprivileged user with minimal access rights.

Do not follow links provided by unknown or untrusted sources.

Web users should be cautious about following links to sites that are provided by unfamiliar or suspicious sources. Filtering HTML from emails may help remove a possible vector for transmitting malicious links to users.

Set web browser security to disable the execution of script code or active content.

Since a successful exploit of this issue requires malicious code to execute in web clients, consider disabling support for script code and active content within the client browser. Note that this mitigation tactic might adversely affect legitimate websites that rely on the execution of browser-based script code.
Vendor updates are available. Please see the references for more information.


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