MS09-023: Vulnerability in Windows Search could allow information disclosure

Applies to: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition (32-bit x86)Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)


Microsoft has released security bulletin MS09-023. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

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Known issues with this security update

The Windows Search update package is produced in English only. Although the update installs on other languages, there may be instances where the installer package shows both English and the language that is used by the localized operating system. This is expected behavior and occurs is because the installer package resources are taken both from the localized operating system and from the English update package. The package does address the security that is issue described in MS09-023, regardless of the language of the operating system.


The English (United States) version of this software update installs files that have the attributes that are listed in the following tables. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The dates and times for these files on your local computer are displayed in your local time and with your current daylight saving time (DST) bias. Additionally, the dates and times may change when you perform certain operations on the files.

Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 file information

  • The files that apply to a specific milestone (RTM, SPn) and service branch (QFE, GDR) are noted in the "SP requirement" and "Service branch" columns.
  • GDR service branches contain only those fixes that are widely released to address widespread, critical issues. QFE service branches contain hotfixes in addition to widely released fixes.
  • In addition to the files that are listed in these tables, this software update also installs an associated security catalog file ( that is signed with a Microsoft digital signature.

For all supported x86-based versions of Windows Server 2003 and of Windows XP

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For all supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2003 and of Windows XP Professional x64 edition

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