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Vulnerability of Windows Search: code execution

Synthesis of the vulnerability 

An attacker can use two vulnerabilities of the Windows Search feature in order to execute code on victim's computer.
Impacted products: Windows 2008 R0, Windows Desktop Search, Windows Search, Windows Vista.
Severity of this bulletin: 3/4.
Number of vulnerabilities in this bulletin: 2.
Creation date: 10/12/2008.
Références of this threat: 959349, BID-32651, BID-32652, CERTA-2008-AVI-589, CVE-2008-4268, CVE-2008-4269, MS08-075, VIGILANCE-VUL-8307, VU#468227.

Description of the vulnerability 

The Saved Search feature creates files with the ".search-ms" extension. It has two vulnerabilities. The attacker can invite the victim to open and save a malicious search-ms file in order to exploit two vulnerabilities of Saved Search.

When saving Windows Search files, the memory is not correctly freed, which forces a restart and leads to code execution. [severity:3/4; BID-32651, CERTA-2008-AVI-589, CVE-2008-4268, VU#468227]

Windows Explorer does not correctly interpret parameters when the search-ms protocol is parsed, which leads to code execution. [severity:3/4; BID-32652, CVE-2008-4269]
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This computer vulnerability alert impacts software or systems such as Windows 2008 R0, Windows Desktop Search, Windows Search, Windows Vista.

Our Vigil@nce team determined that the severity of this computer threat alert is important.

The trust level is of type confirmed by the editor, with an origin of document.

This bulletin is about 2 vulnerabilities.

An attacker with a expert ability can exploit this security vulnerability.

Solutions for this threat 

Windows Search: patch.
The Microsoft announce indicates patches and workarounds.
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