Microsoft Windows grpconv.exe memory corruption

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A vulnerability classified as critical has been found in Microsoft Windows (Operating System) (the affected version is unknown). Affected is an unknown code of the file grpconv.exe. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. CWE is classifying the issue as CWE-119. The product performs operations on a memory buffer, but it can read from or write to a memory location that is outside of the intended boundary of the buffer. This is going to have an impact on confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 07/07/2004. The weakness was published 10/12/2004 by Roozbeh Afrasiabi as MS04-035 as confirmed bulletin (Technet). The advisory is shared for download at This vulnerability is traded as CVE-2004-0572 since 06/15/2004. It is possible to launch the attack remotely. The exploitation doesn't require any form of authentication. There are known technical details, but no exploit is available.

The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 97 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 15460 (MS04-037: Vulnerability in Windows Shell (841356)), 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.

Applying the patch MS04-035 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. Furthermore it is possible to detect and prevent this kind of attack with TippingPoint and the filter 2885.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (16664), Tenable (15460), SecurityFocus (BID 10677†), OSVDB (10699†) and Secunia (SA12808†).






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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119

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Remote: Yes

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Nessus ID: 15460
Nessus Name: MS04-037: Vulnerability in Windows Shell (841356)
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Advisory: MS04-035
Researcher: Roozbeh Afrasiabi
Status: Confirmed

CVE: CVE-2004-0572 (🔍)

X-Force: 16664 - Microsoft Windows Program Group Converter buffer overflow, High Risk
SecurityFocus: 10677 - Microsoft Windows Program Group Converter Filename Local Buffer Overrun Vulnerability
Secunia: 12808 - Microsoft Windows Shell and Program Group Converter Vulnerabilities, Highly Critical
OSVDB: 10699 - Microsoft - Windows - Program Group Converter Filename Local Buffer Overrun Issue
Vulnerability Center: 5547 - [MS04-037] Microsoft Windows Program Group Converter Allows Code Execution, Medium


Created: 10/14/2004 11:39 AM
Updated: 03/10/2021 07:15 AM
Changes: 10/14/2004 11:39 AM (90), 06/29/2019 04:31 PM (4), 03/10/2021 07:15 AM (2)
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