Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5/6.0 Windows Address Book File Parser memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, was found in Microsoft Outlook Express 5.5/6.0 (Mail Client Software). Affected is an unknown functionality of the component Windows Address Book File Parser. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 04/11/2006. The weakness was released 04/11/2006 by Stuart Pearson and ATmaCA as MS06-016 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2006-0014 since 11/09/2005. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 21213 (MS06-016: Vulnerability in Outlook Express Could Allow Remote Code Execution (911567)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins and running in the context local.

Applying the patch MS06-016 is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Attack attempts may be identified with Snort ID 6413. In this case the pattern Content-Transfer-Encoding is used for detection. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 3794.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 17459), X-Force (25535), Secunia (SA19617), SecurityTracker (ID 1015898) and Vulnerability Center (SBV-11061). Entry connected to this vulnerability is available at 2740.





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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 21213
Nessus Name: MS06-016: Vulnerability in Outlook Express Could Allow Remote Code Execution (911567)
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Snort ID: 6413
Snort Message: SMTP Base64 encoded Windows Address Book attachment detected
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Advisory: MS06-016
Researcher: Stuart Pearson/ATmaCA
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2006-0014 (🔍)

SecurityFocus: 17459 - Microsoft Outlook Express Windows Address Book File Parsing Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 19617 - Outlook Express Windows Address Book File Vulnerability, Moderately Critical
X-Force: 25535 - Microsoft Outlook Express Windows Address Book file buffer overflow, High Risk
SecurityTracker: 1015898
Vulnerability Center: 11061 - [MS06-016] Microsoft Outlook Express Windows Address Book File Vulnerability, Critical
OSVDB: 30821 - Microsoft Outlook Express Windows Address Book Contact Record Code Execution
Vupen: ADV-2006-1321

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Created: 04/12/2006 04:24 PM
Updated: 06/16/2019 02:33 PM
Changes: (2) vulnerability_discoverydate source_secunia_date
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