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Microsoft Windows search-ms Protocol Handler Command Execution (MS08-075; CVE-2008-4269)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2008-184
Date Published: 9 Dec 2008
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: Tuesday 24 July, 2012
Industry Reference:CVE-2008-4269
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R81, R80, R77, R75, R71, R70, R65

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description Windows Search is a standard component of Windows Vista that allows instant search capabilities for most common file and data types.Windows Search has XML-based files that save information about a search in Windows. A remote code execution vulnerability was reported in Windows Explorer which allows calling the search-ms protocol handler.The vulnerability is due to an error in Internet Explorer that does not correctly interpret parameters when parsing the search-ms protocol.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability.

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / R75 / R71 / R70 / R65

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Microsoft Windows search-ms Protocol Handler Command Execution (MS08-075) protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Web Client Enforcement Violation.
Attack Information:  Microsoft Windows search-ms protocol handler command execution (MS08-075)

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