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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2007.0131 -- [Win]
Google Desktop remote cross-site scripting vulnerability
26 February 2007
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Google Desktop
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Access Privileged Data
Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
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US-CERT Vulnerability Note VU#615857
Google Desktop vulnerable to to cross-site scripting
A cross-site scripting vulnerability exists in the Google
Desktop Search application. This vulnerability may allow an
attacker to take any action on a vulnerable system that the
Google Desktop Search can.
Google Desktop Search is a desktop search program that is integrated
into the Google search engine. Google Desktop Search indexes the
user's local hard drive, and allows the results to be searched from
The Google Desktop Search program contains a cross-site scripting
vulnerability in the under parameter. This vulnerability occurs because
the Google Desktop Search engine fails to properly sanitize user input.
Note that this vulnerability may not be exploited remotely without
the presence of another vulnerability.
A remote unauthenticated attacker may be able to perform any action
that the Google Desktop Search engine is capable of performing. This
includes executing programs that are already on a vulnerable system,
searching and viewing files and exfiltrating sensitive data.
Google has addressed this issue in the most recent version of the
Google Desktop Search. Note that Google updates the Google Desktop
document and the Malicious Web Scripts FAQ. Some Mozilla add-ons can
site-specific rules for doing so.
Vendor Status Date Updated
Google Vulnerable 22-Feb-2007
Thanks to Yair Amit, Danny Allan, and Adi Sharabani for providing
information that was used in this report.
This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.
Date Public 02/21/2007
Date First Published 02/22/2007 04:05:40 PM
Date Last Updated 02/25/2007
Document Revision 52
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