Vulnerability in Microsoft Authenticode Verification Could Allow Remote Code Execution

Reported October 15, 2003, by Microsoft.





·         Windows 2003

·         Windows XP

·         Windows 2000

·         Windows NT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition, Service Pack 6 (SP6)

·         NT Server 4.0 SP6a

·         NT Workstation 4.0 SP6a




A vulnerability in several Windows OS versions can result in the remote execution of arbitrary code on the vulnerable system under the security context of the logged-on user. This vulnerability is a result of a flaw in Authenticode that, under certain low-memory conditions, can permit the download and installation of an ActiveX control without presenting the user with an approval dialog box.





Microsoft has released security bulletin MS03-041, "Vulnerability in Authenticode Verification Could Allow Remote Code Execution (823182)," which addresses this vulnerability, and recommends that affected users immediately apply the appropriate patch listed in the bulletin.




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