Microsoft Security Bulletin MS09-023 - Moderate
Vulnerability in Windows Search Could Allow Information Disclosure (963093)
This security update resolves a privately reported vulnerability in Windows Search. The vulnerability could allow information disclosure if a user performs a search that returns a specially crafted file as the first result or if the user previews a specially crafted file from the search results. By default, the Windows Search component is not preinstalled on Microsoft Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. It is an optional component available for download. Windows Search installed on supported editions of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 is not affected by this vulnerability.
This security update is rated Moderate for Windows Search installed on all supported editions of Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.
The security update addresses this vulnerability by modifying how Windows Search restricts the environment within which scripts execute. For more information about the vulnerability, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.
Recommendation. The majority of customers have automatic updating enabled and will not need to take any action because this security update will be downloaded and installed automatically. Customers who have not enabled automatic updating need to check for updates and install this update manually. For information about specific configuration options in automatic updating, see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 294871.
For administrators and enterprise installations, or end users who want to install this security update manually, Microsoft recommends that customers consider applying the security update using update management software, or by checking for updates using the Microsoft Update service.
See also the section, Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance, later in this bulletin.
Known Issues. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 963093 documents the currently known issues that customers may experience when installing this security update. The article also documents recommended solutions for these issues.
The following software have been tested to determine which versions or editions are affected. Other versions or editions are either past their support life cycle or are not affected. To determine the support life cycle for your software version or edition, visit Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
|Operating System||Component||Maximum Security Impact||Aggregate Severity Rating||Bulletins Replaced by this Update|
|Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3||Windows Search 4.0||Information Disclosure||Moderate||None|
|Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2||Windows Search 4.0||Information Disclosure||Moderate||None|
|Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2||Windows Search 4.0||Information Disclosure||Moderate||None|
|Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2||Windows Search 4.0||Information Disclosure||Moderate||None|
|Windows Vista, Windows Vista Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista Service Pack 2||Windows Search 4.0|
|Windows Vista x64 Edition, Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista x64 Edition Service Pack 2||Windows Search 4.0|
|Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems and Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems Service Pack 2||Windows Search 4.0|
|Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems and Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems Service Pack 2||Windows Search 4.0|
Microsoft thanks the following for working with us to help protect customers:
- Yair Amit of IBM Rational Application Security for reporting the Script Execution in Windows Search Vulnerability (CVE-2009-0239)
To improve security protections for customers, Microsoft provides vulnerability information to major security software providers in advance of each monthly security update release. Security software providers can then use this vulnerability information to provide updated protections to customers via their security software or devices, such as antivirus, network-based intrusion detection systems, or host-based intrusion prevention systems. To determine whether active protections are available from security software providers, please visit the active protections Web sites provided by program partners, listed in Microsoft Active Protections Program (MAPP) Partners.
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- V1.0 (June 9, 2009): Bulletin published.