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computer vulnerability note CVE-2005-4560

Windows: code execution with a WMF file

Synthesis of the vulnerability

Displaying a malicious WMF file leads to code execution.
Impacted systems: Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT, Windows XP.
Severity of this alert: 3/4.
Consequences of an intrusion: user access/rights.
Pirate's origin: internet client.
Creation date: 28/12/2005.
Revisions dates: 29/12/2005, 02/01/2006, 04/01/2006, 06/01/2006.
Références of this alert: 912840, BID-16074, CERTA-2006-AVI-011, CVE-2005-4560, MS06-001, VIGILANCE-VUL-5459, VU#181038.

Description of the vulnerability

Images in WMF (Windows Metafile) format are supported by the Graphics Rendering Engine. It is used in the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer (shimgvw.dll), which is used to pre-visualize images in explorer (Windows XP and 2003)

A WMF image can contain a META_ESCAPE record of SETABORTPROC type indicating code to run when an error occurs. Thus, when an invalid WMF image containing this function type is displayed, code is run.

An attacker can therefore send a malicious image to user, or invite him to surf on a web site, in order to run code on his computer.
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