Microsoft Internet Explorer vb script reports different errors to obtain information

ie-error-obtain-information (15078) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


A vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer could allow a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information. A Visual Basic script reports different errors, based on the existence of a file in a form. A remote attacker could monitor the returned error code to determine if the requested files or programs reside on the victim's computer. An attacker can use this information to launch further attacks against the victim.


Gain Access


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • BID-9611: Microsoft Internet Explorer LoadPicture File Enumeration Weakness
  • CVE-2004-2090: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0.1 through 6.0 allows remote attackers to determine the existence of arbitrary files via the VBScript LoadPicture method, which returns an error code if the file does not exist.
  • OSVDB ID: 3879: Microsoft IE File Identification Variant
  • SA10820: Internet Explorer File Identification Variant

Platforms Affected:

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer


Feb 09, 2004

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