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Microsoft Outlook Vulnerability



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Security Advisory: CT09-01-2007


======================================================Microsoft Outlook Advanced Find - Remote Code Execution
======================================================
Advisory Date: 11th January 2007

Severity: Critical
Impact: Remote System Access
Solution Status: Vendor Patch

CVE Reference:  CVE-2007-0034


Affected Software
================
Microsoft Outlook 2000
Microsoft Outlook 2002
Microsoft Outlook 2003


1. OVERVIEW
==========
Microsoft Outlook is a popular personal communication manager that 
provides end users with a unified place to manage e-mail, calendar 
and contact information.

As part of its standard offering, Outlook also includes an Advanced 
Search facility (Finder.exe) enabling end-users to query any aspect 
of their repository information.

Unfortunately, it transpires that Outlook/Finder is susceptible to 
a remote Buffer overflow vulnerability, when processing the contents 
of a specially crafted Office Saved Search (.oss) file.


2. TECHNICAL NARRATIVE
=====================
The issue in question stems from a simple oversight in the design of 
an intrinsic string manipulation function, which attempts to copy 
1024 bytes of user supplied Unicode content, to a pre-allocated buffer 
of only 512 bytes (even though sufficient length checks are invoked).

As the destination buffer is unable to accommodate the additional data, 
the net result is that of a classic stack overflow condition, in which 
Instruction Pointer (EIP) control is gained via one of several 
available return addresses.


3. EXPLOITATION
==============
As with most file parsing vulnerabilities, the aforementioned issue 
will require a certain degree of social engineering to achieve successful 
exploitation.

However, Office Saved Searches (.oss) file types share very similar 
display characteristics to that of harmless looking e-mail icons. 
As such, end-users could be fooled into thinking the attachment is 
a non-threatening mail forward.



4. VENDOR RESPONSE
=================
The vendor security bulletin and corresponding patches are available 
at the following location:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS07-003.mspx 


5. DISCLOSURE ANALYSIS
=====================
12/05/2006  Preliminary Vendor notification.
24/05/2006  Vulnerability confirmed by Vendor 
16/10/2006  Public Disclosure Deferred by Vendor
09/01/2007  Public release.

Total Time to Fix: 7 months 29 Days (243 days in total)


6. CREDIT 
========
The vulnerability was discovered by Stuart Pearson of Computer Terrorism




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