Microsoft Security Bulletin MS99-049
Patch Available for "File Access URL" Vulnerability
Originally Posted: November 12, 1999
Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows 98. The vulnerability could allow a malicious web site or e-mail message to cause the Windows machine to crash, or to run arbitrary code.
Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletins/fq99-049.mspx.
There is a buffer overflow in the Windows 95 and Windows 98 networking software that processes file name strings. If the networking software were provided with a very long random string as input, it could crash the machine. If provided with a specially-malformed argument, it could be used to run arbitrary code on the machine via a classic buffer overrun attack.
The vulnerability could be exploited remotely in cases where a file:// URL or a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) string on a remote web site included a long file name or where a long file name was included in an e-mail message.
Affected Software Versions
- The buffer overrun is present in the networking software in all versions of Windows 95 and Windows 98.
Vulnerability Identifier: CVE-2000-0330
- Windows 95:
- Windows 98:
Please see the following references for more information related to this issue.
- Microsoft Security Bulletin MS99-049: Frequently Asked Questions, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletins/fq99-049.mspx.
- Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) article 245729, Windows 95 and 98 File Access URL Update, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;245729&sd=tech.
(Note: It may take 24 hours from the original posting of this bulletin for the KB article to be visible.)
- Microsoft Security web site, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/default.mspx.
Obtaining Support on this Issue
This is a fully supported patch. Information on contacting Microsoft Technical Support is available at http://support.microsoft.com/contactussupport/?ws=support.
Microsoft acknowledges UNYUN, the Shadow Penguin Security Research Group of Japan for bringing this issue to our attention.
- November 12, 1999: Bulletin Created.
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