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Skype Error in Processing 'callto://' URLs Lets Remote Users Crash the Application
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1010490
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-1114   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Dec 1 2004
Original Entry Date:  Jun 14 2004
Impact:   Denial of service via network
Exploit Included:  Yes  
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Skype in the processing of 'callto://' URLs. A remote user can cause the target user's application to crash.

Hillel Himovich reported that the following URL can trigger the flaw:


The report indicates that it may be possible to execute arbitrary code, but this was not confirmed.

In November 2004, Fabian Becker reported a similar vulnerability in the quick-call field.

Impact:   A remote user can create a URL that, when loaded by the target user, will cause the target user's application to crash.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   This archive entry has one or more follow-up message(s) listed below.
Nov 15 2004 (Vendor Issues Fix) Skype Error in Processing 'callto://' URLs Lets Remote Users Crash the Application
The vendor has issued a fix.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  Skype URI callto username overflow

Here is a cute little URI I found crashing skype on it's latest version (
It's proboby a buffer overflow of some sort, so, a special crafted URI culd potentionally lead to remote code execution.
(would probobly be extreamly hard doing it threw a URI, but still an option)


If you really really want this not to happend to you, u shuld remove the reffering registry entrance to "callto://" in URI's

Hillel Himovich


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