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Flaw in Windows Me Could Enable Code Execution

By TS | Thomas
Feb 26, 2003
  1. Help & Support Center provides a centralized facility through which users can obtain assistance on a variety of topics. For instance, it provides product documentation, assistance in determining hardware compatibility, access to Windows Update, online help from Microsoft, & other assistance. Users & programs can execute URL links to Help & Support Center by using the "hcp://" prefix in a URL link instead of "http://". A security vulnerability is present in the Windows Me version of Help & Support Center, & results because the URL Handler for the "hcp://" prefix contains an unchecked buffer.

    Affected Software:
    Microsoft Windows Me

    Patch availability:
    Microsoft Windows Me
     
  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Wasn't there some sort of problem like this with XP a little while ago? I remember hearing about something quite similar.
     
  3. TS | Thomas

    TS | Thomas TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 1,319

    Yup there was. The fix is included with XP Service Pack 1 as far as a I recall.
     
  4. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Yes I think so. It was pretty bad, because there were quite a few people that knew about it and exploited it BEFORE M$ released the story, and SP1 to fix it.
     
  5. Vehementi

    Vehementi TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,704

    Just what we need, another Windows ME flaw :D

    I'm surprised they didn't find out about this sooner, with the same thing happening with Windows XP. What's that about?? :confused:
     
  6. Solution, get rid of Windows ME. Has to be the worst OS out of Redmond ever.
     
  7. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,606   +287

    Maybe they didn't find out about it because there are only a few owners of typewriters with screens that are actually using ME ;)
     
  8. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    LOL good point. It is kind of the same way as 98 and so on, where M$ is discontinuing help for those OS's, since they are getting outdated, and people should upgrade to XP, etc..
     
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