Microsoft Windows Paint JPEG Image numeric error

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A vulnerability was found in Microsoft Windows (Operating System) (affected version not known). It has been classified as critical. This affects some unknown functionality of the component Paint. The manipulation as part of a JPEG Image leads to a numeric error vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-189. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability. The summary by CVE is:

Integer overflow in Microsoft Paint in Windows 2000 SP4, XP SP2 and SP3, and Server 2003 SP2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted JPEG (.JPG) file, aka "MS Paint Integer Overflow Vulnerability."

The weakness was presented 02/09/2010 by Tielei Wang with ICST-ERCIS as MS10-005 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). It is possible to read the advisory at This vulnerability is uniquely identified as CVE-2010-0028 since 12/14/2009. It is possible to initiate the attack remotely. No form of authentication is needed for exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available.

A public exploit has been developed in Perl. The exploit is shared for download at It is declared as proof-of-concept. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 44415 (MS10-005: Vulnerability in Microsoft Paint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978706)), 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 l.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying the patch MS10-005 is able to eliminate this problem. The bugfix is ready for download at The best possible mitigation is suggested to be upgrading to the latest version. A possible mitigation has been published immediately after the disclosure of the vulnerability. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 9454.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (55928) and Tenable (44415). See 4087, 4086, 4085 and 4084 for similar entries.






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Class: Numeric error
CWE: CWE-189
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Nessus ID: 44415
Nessus Name: MS10-005: Vulnerability in Microsoft Paint Could Allow Remote Code Execution (978706)
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OpenVAS ID: 902015
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Paint Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (978706)
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Advisory: MS10-005
Researcher: Tielei Wang
Organization: ICST-ERCIS
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2010-0028 (🔍)

X-Force: 55928
Vulnerability Center: 24805 - [MS10-005] Microsoft Windows Paint JPEG Image Processing Remote Code Execution Vulnerability, Critical
SecurityFocus: 38042 - Microsoft Paint JPEG Image Processing Integer Overflow Vulnerability
Secunia: 36634 - Microsoft Windows Paint JPEG Parsing Integer Overflow Vulnerability, Moderately Critical
OSVDB: 62242 - Microsoft Windows Paint JPEG Image Decoding Overflow

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Created: 02/19/2010 04:31 PM
Updated: 03/17/2021 05:46 PM
Changes: 02/19/2010 04:31 PM (92), 02/20/2017 09:49 PM (12), 03/17/2021 05:46 PM (3)
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