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Microsoft Security Bulletin (MS00-072)
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Patch Available for "Share Level Password" Vulnerability Originally posted: October 10, 2000

Summary
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Microsoft has released a patch that eliminates a security vulnerability in Microsoft(r) Windows 95, 98, 98SE, and Windows Me. The vulnerability could allow a malicious user to programmatically access a Windows 9x/ME file share without knowing the entire password assigned to that share.

Frequently asked questions regarding this vulnerability and the patch can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-072.asp

Issue
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Microsoft Windows 9x/Me provides a password protection feature referred to as (share level access) for the File and Print Sharing service. However, due to the way the password feature is currently implemented, a file share could be compromised, by a malicious user who used a special client utility, without that user knowing the entire password required to access that share.

Only share level access permissions are vulnerable. If a Windows 9x or Windows Me machine were part of a Windows NT domain, user-level access controls could be enforced on file shares and passwords would not be needed to allow access to those shares. Windows NT and Windows 2000 machines can only be setup with user-level file share access controls and are not susceptible to this vulnerability.

Affected Software Versions
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Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft Windows Me

Patch Availability
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Microsoft Windows 95
Patch available shortly
Microsoft Windows 98 and 98 Second Edition
http://download.microsoft.com/download/win98SE/Update/11958/W98/EN-US/> 273991USA8.EXE
Microsoft Windows Me
http://download.microsoft.com/download/winme/Update/11958/WinMe/EN-US/> 273991USAM.EXE

Note Additional security patches are available at the Microsoft Download Center

More Information
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Please see the following references for more information related to this issue.

Frequently Asked Questions: Microsoft Security Bulletin MS00-072, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-072.asp Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q273991 discusses this issue and will be available soon. Microsoft TechNet Security web site, http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/default.asp

Obtaining Support on this Issue
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This is a fully supported patch. Information on contacting Microsoft Product Support Services is available at http://support.microsoft.com/support/contact/default.asp.

Acknowledgments
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Microsoft thanks Nsfocus Security Team () for reporting this issue to us and working with us to protect customers.

Revisions
October 10, 2000: Bulletin Created.
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Last Updated October 10, 2000
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