MS03-017: Windows Media Player Skin Download Overflow (817787)

High Nessus Plugin ID 11595


Arbitrary code can be executed on the remote host through the media player.


The remote host is using a version of Windows Media player that is vulnerable to a directory traversal attack through its handling of 'skins'.

An attacker could exploit this flaw to execute arbitrary code on this host with the privileges of the user running Windows Media Player.

To exploit this flaw, an attacker would need to craft a specially malformed skin and send it to a user of this host, either directly by email or by sending a URL pointing to it.

Affected Software :

- Microsoft Windows Media Player 7.1
- Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows XP (Version 8.0)


Microsoft has released a set of patches for Windows Media Player.

See Also

Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 11595

File Name: smb_nt_ms03-017.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.40 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Published: 2003/05/07

Modified: 2017/05/25

Dependencies: 57033, 13855

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 7.7

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:F/RL:OF/RC:C


Base Score: 9.8

Temporal Score: 9

Vector: CVSS:3.0/AV:N/AC:L/PR:N/UI:N/S:U/C:H/I:H/A:H

Temporal Vector: CVSS:3.0/E:F/RL:O/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/a:microsoft:windows_media_player

Required KB Items: SMB/MS_Bulletin_Checks/Possible

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2003/05/07

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2003/05/07

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2003-0228

BID: 7517

OSVDB: 7738

MSFT: MS03-017

CERT: 384932

MSKB: 817787