Date: 23 September 2004
References: ESB-2004.0570 AL-2004.030 ESB-2004.0776
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AusCERT Update AU-2004.0013 - Microsoft MS04-028
JPEG exploit proof of concept release
23 September 2004
AusCERT Update Summary
Product: various products/components of Microsoft Windows
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Denial of Service
CVE Names: CAN-2004-0200
Further to the JPEG denial of service proof of concept described in AusCERT
Alert AL-2004.030, a second proof of concept has been released allowing
execution of arbitrary commands on viewing a specially crafted JPEG file.
AusCERT has confirmed that under Windows XP prior to Service Pack 2, a JPEG
containing this exploit will launch a named process when viewing the file or
viewing a folder containing such a file under default Windows Explorer settings.
AusCERT cannot confirm if command execution will occur after viewing such a
JPEG in Internet Explorer or a mail client such as Outlook, but will be
With confirmation that JPEG files are able to execute code on unpatched systems,
AusCERT again advises following the steps outlined by Microsoft as a high
priority. AusCERT expects to see widespread use of this exploit soon due to
the ubiquity of JPEG files and ease of adaption of the proof of exploit code
that has been released.
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