TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Microsoft Windows GDI+ BMP Parsing Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-08-055: September 9th, 2008


Affected Vendors

Affected Products

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Microsoft Windows XP, Server and Vista. User interaction is required in that a user must open a malicious image file.

The specific flaws exist in the GDI+ subsystem when parsing maliciously crafted BMP files. Supplying a malformed BitMapInfoHeader can result in incorrect integer calculations further leading to an exploitable memory corruption. Successful exploitation can result in arbitrary code execution under the credentials of the currently logged in user.

Vendor Response

Microsoft has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2007-07-20 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2008-09-09 - Coordinated public release of advisory


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