By Steven Musil
23 December 2008
Microsoft has issued an advisory confirming a remote code execution
vulnerability affecting its SQL Server line.
The vulnerability affects Microsoft SQL Server 2000, Microsoft SQL
Server 2005, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Express Edition, Microsoft SQL
Server 2000 Desktop Engine (MSDE 2000), Microsoft SQL Server 2000
Desktop Engine (WMSDE), and Windows Internal Database (WYukon).
Microsoft said systems with Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Service Pack 4,
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008
are not affected by this issue.
Microsoft's advisory said: "Microsoft is aware that exploit code has
been published on the internet for the vulnerability addressed by this
advisory. Our investigation of this exploit code has verified that it
does not affect systems that have had the workarounds listed below
applied. Currently, Microsoft is not aware of active attacks that use
this exploit code or of customer impact at this time."
"In addition, due to the mitigating factors for default installations of
MSDE 2000 and SQL Server 2005 Express, Microsoft is not currently aware
of any third-party applications that use MSDE 2000 or SQL Server 2005
Express which would be vulnerable to remote attack. However, Microsoft
is actively monitoring this situation to provide customer guidance as
Microsoft said it was unaware of any active attacks utilising the
The advisory comes less than a week after Microsoft released a critical
security patch to plug vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer amid
malicious attackers taking advantage of the security flaws.
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