Microsoft Windows Server 2008/Vista SP1 Search resource management

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in Microsoft Windows Server 2008/Vista SP1 (Operating System). Affected by this issue is some unknown processing of the component Search. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a resource management vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-399. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The weakness was published 12/10/2008 as MS08-075 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2008-4268. The exploitation is known to be difficult. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. There are neither technical details nor an exploit publicly available.

The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 35074 (MS08-075: Vulnerabilities in Windows Search Could Allow Remote Code Execution (959349)), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins. The commercial vulnerability scanner Qualys is able to test this issue with plugin 90471 (Microsoft Windows Search Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (MS08-075)).

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability. Applying the patch MS08-075 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. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 6497.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (46865) and Tenable (35074). is providing further details. Similar entry is available at 45381.








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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.6
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 5.4

VulDB Base Score: 5.6
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Class: Resource management
CWE: CWE-399 / CWE-404
ATT&CK: Unknown

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 35074
Nessus Name: MS08-075: Vulnerabilities in Windows Search Could Allow Remote Code Execution (959349)
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OpenVAS ID: 801483
OpenVAS Name: Microsoft Windows Search Remote Code Execution Vulnerability (959349)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Patch: MS08-075
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Advisory: MS08-075
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2008-4268 (🔍)

X-Force: 46865
Vulnerability Center: 20202 - [MS08-075] Microsoft Windows Explorer Saving Search File Remote Code Execution or DoS Vulnerability, Critical
SecurityFocus: 32651

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Created: 03/17/2015 04:11 PM
Updated: 08/03/2021 02:11 PM
Changes: 03/17/2015 04:11 PM (45), 04/07/2017 12:39 PM (29), 08/03/2021 02:01 PM (2), 08/03/2021 02:07 PM (7), 08/03/2021 02:09 PM (2), 08/03/2021 02:11 PM (1)
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