Denial of Service in Windows NT 4.0

Reported July 23, 2003, by Microsoft.




  • Windows NT 4.0

  • Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition (WTS)




A new vulnerability in Windows NT 4.0 can result in a Denial of Service (DoS) condition. If a malicious user passes a specially crafted request through an application to the affected function, the function can cause the system to free memory that the function doesn't own. If an application making the request to the function doesn't carry out any user-input validation and permits the specially crafted request to be passed to the function, the application passing the request could fail.




Microsoft has released Security Bulletin MS03-029, "Flaw in Windows Function Could Allow Denial of Service (823803)" to address this vulnerability and recommends that affected users immediately apply the patch mentioned in the bulletin.



Discovered by Matt Miller and Jeremy Rauch of @stake.

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