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Vulnerability Note VU#191609 Microsoft Windows animated cursor ANI header stack buffer overflow Overview Microsoft Windows contains a stack buffer overflow in the handling of animated cursor files. This vulnerability may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial-of-service condition. I. Description Animated cursor files (.ani) contain animated graphics for icons and cursors. A stack buffer overflow vulnerability exists in the way that Microsoft Windows processes malformed animated cursor files. Microsoft Windows fails to properly validate the size specified in the ANI header. Note that Windows Explorer will process ANI files with several different file extensions, such as .ani, .cur, or .ico. Note that animated cursor files are parsed when the containing folder is opened or it is used as a cursor. In addition, Internet Explorer can process ANI files in HTML documents, so web pages and HTML email messages can also trigger this vulnerability.
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Web Edition Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2003 Microsoft Windows Vista Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Microsoft is moving to close a security loophole in Windows that lets attackers hijack a PC via animated cursors. Malicious hackers are already known to be exploiting the flaw via booby-trapped and compromised websites.
Microsoft usually issues security patches once a month to help users keep their PC safe. However, the seriousness of the bug has prompted the software company to act early and stifle attempts to exploit the flaw.
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