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Microsoft Security Bulletin MS01-030
From: Microsoft Product Security <secnotif () MICROSOFT COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Jun 2001 17:30:09 -0700

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Title:      Incorrect Attachment Handling in Exchange 2000 OWA 
            Can Execute Script
Date:       06 June 2001
Software:   Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server Outlook Web Access 
Impact:     Run code of attacker's choice
Bulletin:   MS01-030

Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at: 
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS01-030.asp.
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Issue:
======
OWA is a service of Exchange 2000 Server that allows users to use a
web 
browser to access their Exchange mailbox. However, a flaw exists in
the 
interaction between OWA and IE for message attachments. If an 
attachment contains HTML code including script, the script will be 
executed when the attachment is opened, regardless of the attachment 
type. Because OWA requires that scripting be enabled in the zone
where 
the OWA server is located, this script could take action against the 
user's Exchange mailbox. 

An attacker could use this flaw to construct an attachment containing
malicious script code. The attacker could then send the attachment in
a 
message to the user. If the user opened the attachment in OWA, the 
script would execute and could take action against the user's mailbox
as if it were the user, including, under certain circumstances, 
manipulation of messages or folders. 

Mitigating Factors:
====================
 - The vulnerability could only be exploited if the user were 
   using OWA in conjunction with IE. 
 - The vulnerability is only exploitable by attachments that 
   are received via OWA. In general, an attacker would have 
   no way to determine whether a user would open an 
   attachment using OWA rather than an Outlook client. 
 - An attacker's ability to exploit this vulnerability would 
   require that she entice the user to open an attachment 
   from an untrusted source. Best practices recommend against 
   opening any attachment from an unknown or untrusted source. 

Patch Availability:
===================
 - A patch is available to fix this vulnerability. Please read the 
   Security Bulletin
   http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms01-030.asp
   for information on obtaining this patch.

Acknowledgment:
===============
 - Joao Gouveia (tharbad () kaotik org)

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