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    Microsoft Security Bulletin

    Revised Security Bulletin

    Title: Certificate Validation Flaw Could Enable Identity
    Spoofing (329115)
    Date: September 4,2002 (Revised November 11, 2003)
    Software: Microsoft Windows 98
    Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
    Microsoft Windows Me
    Microsoft Windows NT(r) 4.0
    Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, Terminal Server Edition
    Microsoft Windows 2000
    Microsoft Windows XP
    Microsoft Office for Mac
    Microsoft Internet Explorer for Mac
    Microsoft Outlook Express for Mac

    Impact: Identity spoofing and, in some cases, ability to gain
    control over a user's system.
    Max Risk: Important
    Bulletin: MS02-050

    Microsoft encourages customers to review the Security Bulletin at:
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...n/MS02-050.asp

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    Reason for Revision:
    ====================
    Microsoft re-issued this security bulletin on November 11, 2003 to advise on the availability of an updated Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 (SP4) security patch. This revised security patch corrects a regression that may occur during the installation of Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 on Windows 2000 SP4.
    This regression removes the update that is discussed in this bulletin and that is provided as part of Windows 2000 SP4. Customers who are using Windows 2000 SP4 and then installed Internet Explorer 6.0 Service Pack 1 should apply the updated Windows 2000 SP4 security patch to help protect from this vulnerability.

    Issue:
    ======
    The vulnerability identified in the original version of the bulletin could enable an attacker who had a valid end-entity certificate to issue a subordinate certificate that, although bogus, would nevertheless pass validation. Because CryptoAPI is used by a wide range of applications, this could enable a variety of identity spoofing attacks.

    Mitigating Factors:
    ====================
    * The user could always manually check a certificate chain, and
    might notice in the case of a spoofed chain that there was an unfamiliar intermediate CA.
    * Unless the attacker's digital certificates were issued by a CA
    in the user's trust list, the certificate would generate a warning when validated.
    * The attacker could only spoof certificates of the same type as
    the one he or she possessed. In the case where the attacker attempted an attack using a high-value certificate such as Authenticode certificates, this would necessitate obtaining a legitimate certificate of the same type - which could require the attacker to prove his or her identity or entitlement to the issuing CA.

    Risk Rating:
    ============
    - Important

    Patch Availability:
    ===================
    - A patch is available to fix this vulnerability. Please read the
    Security Bulletin at
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sec...n/MS02-050.asp
    for information on obtaining this patch.

    Acknowledgment:
    ===============
    - UK National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC)
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