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Multiple* bug's associated with Win xp default zip Manager...
From: hUNTER 007 <door_hunt3r () blackcodemail com>
Date: 10 Sep 2003 18:35:45 -0000
Win xp default zip manager prompt's for a password, [even* when there is
no password] if the zipped file has folder/s with more than 121 sub
directories in it, but this situation does vary with some condition as
Create a batch script (*.bat)
[OR, download] http://www.geocities.com/visitbipin/winxp_zip_bug.zip
If you "execute" this batch script [*.bat] from your root, [ ie c:\ ]
windows can at-most create 121'th sub directory, ie \..\1\1\1\..\...[upto
121'th sub directory,] then the batch script ends with a error messages...
Now say if i put "md 12" instead of "md 1" to the above script, [ie two
Directory name instead of one"] windows can at most create... 80 sub
Again, say if i put md 12345 ->"five character directory name in the
windows can at most create... 39 sub directory!
HENCE, IF you simply ZIP A FILE WITH SAY 39 SUB-DIRECTORY in it with 5
character directory name as explained in the above demonstration [ie: md
12345 ] Win xp default zip manager prompts for a password in extraction
process [copy the 12345.zip file to c:\windows\system32 and try
extracting it there] but when you use a third party software, it simply
ends up with an error. [as windows has restrictions on creating number of
sub - directories which is proportional to the number of characters used
to label a folder!]
Moreover it even prompt for password to file names that doesn't exists!
Concluding from the experiment conducted from LINUX, on a fat32/ntfs
partition, it seems the problem isn't with the "file system itself" but
it occurs due to the restriction of windows!
Win xp default zip manager can't handle long file names properly...
Create a new file with very long file name... in your c:\
[or, download] http://www.geocities.com/visitbipin/zip_long.zip
Windows xp will easily allow you to create that file, now zip the file [
above mentioned ie 1.11111111111111111111* ] using winxp default zip
manager, [say, the new file created is 1.zip]
But strangely, if you open the file [1.zip] with windows explorer [ie
view it's content] You can neither see a file name nor its extension in
the archive but simply its icon only!
Moreover, windows xp doesn't allow you to delete the long file created in
the above example, through GUI mode [...have to use command prompt] and
end up with an error Can't delete 1 : The folder is empty. [actually its
A probable buffer overflow with winxp default zip manager! [zipfldr.dll]
Well, as win xp automatically creates a bug report of a crash, the bug is
Simply try extracting the above file using win xp default zip manager or
try viewing the file hUNTER_..PKT YOUR EXPLORER WILL CRASH!
These bug's were originally discovered by hUNT3R, [myself] a member of 01
Security Sumbission. The vendor was notified via email.
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- Multiple* bug's associated with Win xp default zip Manager... hUNTER 007 (Sep 10)