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26 June 2002 Cumulative Patch for Windows Media Player

by Nikola Strahija on July 25th, 2002 Released: 26 June 2002 Revised: 24 July 2002 (version 2.0) Software: Microsoft Windows Media Player 6.4, Microsoft Windows Media Player 7.1, Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows XP Impact: Three vulnerabilities, first reported on June 26 2002, the most serious of which could be used to run code of attacker's choice. Max Risk: Critical Bulletin: MS02-032

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at:
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Reason for Revision:
On June 26, 2002, Microsoft released the original version of this
bulletin, which described the patch it provided as being cumulative.
We subsequently discovered that a file had been inadvertently omitted
from the patch. While the omission had no effect on the effectiveness
of the patch against the new vulnerabilities discussed below, it did
mean that the patch was not cumulative. Specifically, the original
patch did not include all of the fixes discussed in Microsoft
Security Bulletin MS01-056. We have repackaged the patch to include
the file and are re-releasing it to ensure that it truly is

If you applied the patch delivered in Microsoft Security Bulletin
MS01-056 and the one that was distributed with the original version
of this bulletin, you're fully protected against all known
vulnerabilities in Windows Media Player and don't need to take any
action. Otherwise, we recommend that you apply the new version of
the patch provided in MS02-032.

The patch includes the functionality of all previously released
patches for Windows Media Player 6.4, 7.1 and Windows Media Player
for Windows XP. In addition, it eliminates the following three
newly discovered vulnerabilities one of which is rated as critical
severity, one of which is rated moderate severity, and the last of
which is rated low severity:

- An information disclosure vulnerability that could provide the
means to enable an attacker to run code on the user's system
and is rated as critical severity.

- A privilege elevation vulnerability that could enable an attacker
who can physically logon locally to a Windows 2000 machine and
run a program to obtain the same rights as the operating system.

- A script execution vulnerability related that could run a script
of an attacker's choice as if the user had chosen to run it after
playing a specially formed media file and then viewing a specially
constructed web page. This particular vulnerability has specific
timing requirements that makes attempts to exploit vulnerability
difficult and is rated as low severity.

It also introduces a configuration change relating to file extensions
associated with Windows Media Player. Finally, it introduces a new,
optional, security configuration feature for users or organizations
that want to take extra precautions beyond applying IE patch MS02-023
and want to disable scripting functionality in the Windows Media
Player for versions 7.x or higher.

Mitigating Factors:
Cache Patch Disclosure via Windows Media Player

- Customers who have applied MS02-023 are protected against
attempts to automatically exploit this issue through HTML email
when they read email in the Restricted Sites zone. Outlook 98 and
Outlook 2000 with the Outlook Email Security Update, Outlook 2002
and Outlook Express 6.0 all read email in the Restricted Sites
zone by default.

- The vulnerability does not affect media files opened from the
local machine. As a result of this, users who download and save
files locally are not affected by attempts to exploit this

Privilege Elevation through Windows Media Device Manager Service:

- This issue affects only Windows Media Player 7.1 it does not
affect Windows Media Player for Windows XP nor Windows
Media Player 6.4.

- The vulnerability only affects Windows Media Player 7.1 when run
on Windows 2000, it does not impact systems that have no user
security model such as Windows 98 or Windows ME systems.

- This issue only affects console sessions; users who logon via
terminal sessions cannot exploit this vulnerability.

- An attacker must be able to load and run a program on the system.
Anything that prevents an attacker from loading or running a
program could protect against attempts to exploit this

Media Playback Script Invocation:

- A successful attack requires a specific series of actions
follows in exact order, otherwise the attack will fail.
- A user must play a specially formed media file from an
- After playing the file, the user must shut down
Windows Media Player without playing another file.
- The user must then view a web page constructed by the

Risk Rating of new vulnerabilities:
- Internet systems: Low
- Intranet systems: Low
- Client systems: Critical

Aggregate Risk Rating (including issues addressed in
previously released patches):
- Internet systems: Critical
- Intranet systems: Critical
- Client systems: Critical

Patch Availability:
- A patch is available to fix this vulnerability. Please read the
Security Bulletin at
for information on obtaining this patch.

- jelmer for reporting the Cache Patch Disclosure via Windows
Media Player.

- The Research Team of Security Internals
( for reporting Privilege
Elevation through Windows Media Device Manager Service:

- Elias Levy, Chief Technical Officer, SecurityFocus
(, for reporting the
Media Playback Script Invocation.

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