Intrusion Prevention

MS.Outlook.Express.NNTP.LIST.Buffer.Overflow

Description

This indicates a possible attempt to exploit a stack based buffer overflow vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook Express.
The vulnerability is due to the news reader's failure to validate "LIST" responses from NNTP servers. An attacker can convince a victim to visit a malicious web site and then exploit this vulnerability by sending a "LIST" response with a long string in the second field, causing a buffer overflow. As a result, the attacker can execute arbitrary code on the system using the currently logged in user's permissions.

Affected Products

Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0 SP1
Microsoft Windows XP 64 bit Edition SP1
Microsoft Windows XP Home SP1
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP1
Microsoft Outlook Express 6.0
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Itanium 0
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Itanium 0
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Home
Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition
Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5 SP2
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server SP3
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server SP3
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional SP3
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP3
Microsoft Windows ME
Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5 SP1
Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 for Windows NT 4.0
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 for Windows 98
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 for Windows 95
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 for Windows 2000
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 98SE
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

Impact

System compromise: Remote code execution.

Recommended Actions

Apply the security patch to the system as given in the Microsoft Security Bulletin MS05-030:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/Bulletin/MS05-030.mspx

CVE References

CVE-2005-1213