MS04-045: WINS Code Execution (870763)

critical Nessus Plugin ID 15962


Arbitrary code can be executed on the remote host via the WINS service.


The remote Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) server is prone to a heap overflow attack that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on this host.

To exploit this flaw, an attacker would need to send a specially crafted packet to port 42 of the remote host.


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

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Plugin Details

Severity: Critical

ID: 15962

File Name: smb_nt_ms04-045.nasl

Version: 1.37

Type: local

Agent: windows

Published: 12/14/2004

Updated: 11/15/2018

Risk Information


Risk Factor: High

Score: 7.4


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: 12/14/2004

Vulnerability Publication Date: 11/26/2004

Exploitable With


Core Impact

Metasploit (MS04-045 Microsoft WINS Service Memory Overwrite)

Reference Information

CVE: CVE-2004-0567, CVE-2004-1080

BID: 11763, 11922

CERT: 145134, 378160

MSFT: MS04-045

MSKB: 870763