HTML E-mail Link Transmits User Name and Password to Unauthorized Server

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SYMPTOMS

When you click a link in a Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) document, it may be possible for a malicious user to use that link to initiate a Microsoft Windows NT LAN Manager (NTLM) challenge/response authentication process to a remote Telnet server and transmit your NTLM credentials (you user name and password) without notification.

RESOLUTION

To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows 2000. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
260910 How to Obtain the Latest Windows 2000 Service Pack
NOTE: On September 14, 2000, Microsoft released the original version of this patch. On September 21, 2000, a new version of the patch was released. Microsoft recommends that all customers, including those who applied the original version of the patch, apply the new version.

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For additional information about how to download Microsoft Support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to Obtain Microsoft Support Files from Online Services
Microsoft scanned this file for viruses. Microsoft used the most current virus-detection software that was available on the date that the file was posted. The file is stored on security-enhanced servers that help to prevent any unauthorized changes to the file. The English version of this fix should have the following file attributes or later:
   Date        Time    Size    Version      File name
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   09/19/2000  01:34p  80,144  5.0.33666.1  Telnet.exe
				

WORKAROUND

To workaround this issue, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0d0032e7-259d-4f68-bf08-b0a7caa1fd1c&DisplayLang=en

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was first corrected in Windows 2000 Service Pack 2.

MORE INFORMATION

For additional information about how to install Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 hotfixes at the same time, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
249149 Installing Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows 2000 Hotfixes
For related information about this problem, please visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/fq00-067.mspx
For additional security-related information about Microsoft products, please visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security

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Article ID: 272743 - Last Review: October 21, 2013 - Revision: 6.4
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
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