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CVE-2008-4268 Detail


The Windows Search component in Microsoft Windows Vista Gold and SP1 and Server 2008 does not properly free memory during a save operation for a Windows Search file, which allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted saved-search file, aka "Windows Saved Search Vulnerability."

Source:  MITRE      Last Modified:  12/10/2008

Evaluator Description Windows Saved Search Vulnerability - CVE-2008-4268 A remote code execution vulnerability exists when saving a specially crafted search file within Windows Explorer. This operation causes Windows Explorer to exit and restart in an exploitable manner.

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CVSS Severity (version 2.0):
CVSS v2 Base Score:
8.5 HIGH
(AV:N/AC:M/Au:S/C:C/I:C/A:C) (legend)
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CVSS Version 2 Metrics:
Access Vector:
Network exploitable - Victim must voluntarily interact with attack mechanism
Access Complexity:
Required to exploit
Impact Type:
Provides administrator access, Allows complete confidentiality, integrity, and availability violation; Allows unauthorized disclosure of information; Allows disruption of service

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Hyperlink Resource Type Source Name Vendor Advisory External Source MS MS08-075 External Source SECTRACK 1021366 US Government Resource External Source CERT TA08-344A External Source VUPEN ADV-2008-3387 External Source OVAL oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5853

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  • Resource Management Errors (CWE-399)

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