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CVE Number Vulnerability Product Severity Date
MS09-023 Vulnerability in Windows Search Could Allow Information Disclosure (963093) Windows XP Critical 10-06-2009

Technical Information

Brief overview of the risk:
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.
Detailed Information on the risk:
An information disclosure vulnerability exists in Windows Search due to the way file previews are generated. Attempts to exploit this vulnerability require user interaction. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could run a malicious HTML script that could disclose information, forward user data to a third party, or access any data on the affected systems that was accessible to the logged-on user. Note that this vulnerability would not allow an attacker to execute code or to elevate their user rights directly, but it could be used to produce information that could be used to try to further compromise the affected system. Further information on this exploit is available at : MS09-023

Affected Software

Windows XP Service Pack 2 and
Windows XP Service Pack 3
Windows XP Professional x64 Edition Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition Service Pack 2