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MS13-071 Microsoft Windows Theme File Handling Arbitrary Code Execution

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MS13-071 Microsoft Windows Theme File Handling Arbitrary Code Execution



This module exploits a vulnerability mainly affecting Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 2003. The vulnerability exists in the handling of the Screen Saver path, in the [boot] section. An arbitrary path can be used as screen saver, including a remote SMB resource, which allows for remote code execution when a malicious .theme file is opened, and the "Screen Saver" tab is viewed. The code execution is also triggered if the victim installs the malicious theme and stays away from the computer, when Windows tries to display the screensaver.


  • Eduardo Prado
  • juan vazquez <juan.vazquez@metasploit.com>
  • Matthew Hall <hallm@sec-1.com>




Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/windows/fileformat/ms13_071_theme
msf exploit(ms13_071_theme) > show targets
msf exploit(ms13_071_theme) > set TARGET < target-id >
msf exploit(ms13_071_theme) > show options
    ...show and set options...
msf exploit(ms13_071_theme) > exploit

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