MS04-031: Vulnerability in NetDDE Could Allow Code Execution (841533)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 15456


Arbitrary code can be executed on the remote host through the NetDDE service.


The remote version of Windows is affected by a vulnerability in Network Dynamic Data Exchange (NetDDE).

To exploit this flaw, NetDDE would have to be running and an attacker with a specific knowledge of the vulnerability would need to send a malformed NetDDE message to the remote host to overrun a given buffer.

A public exploit is available to exploit this vulnerability.


Microsoft has released a set of patches for Windows NT, 2000, XP and 2003.

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 15456

File Name: smb_nt_ms04-031.nasl

Version: 1.35

Type: local

Agent: windows

Published: 10/12/2004

Updated: 11/15/2018

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.3


Risk Factor: Critical

Base Score: 10

Temporal Score: 8.3

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

Vulnerability Information

CPE: cpe:/o:microsoft:windows

Required KB Items: SMB/MS_Bulletin_Checks/Possible

Exploit Available: true

Exploit Ease: Exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 10/12/2004

Vulnerability Publication Date: 10/12/2004

Exploitable With


Metasploit (MS04-031 Microsoft NetDDE Service Overflow)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0206

BID: 11372

MSFT: MS04-031

MSKB: 841533