MSN Messenger could reveal sensitive user information

msn-messenger-reveal-information (8084) The risk level is classified as LowLow Risk


MSN (Microsoft Network) Messenger could allow a malicious Web site operator to obtain sensitive information from MSN Messenger users. A malicious Web site operator could create a Web page containing malicious JavaScript that could use a particular ActiveX control, which would cause the user's display name (or email address if a display name has not been set) and the user's contact list to be revealed. An attacker could use this vulnerability to obtain personal information about a user or track their Internet usage over multiple domains.


Obtain Information


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Sat Feb 02 2002 - 14:39:16 CST: MSN Messenger reveals your name to websites (and can reveal email addresses too).
  • Richard Antony Burton's Web site: MSN Messenger Privacy.
  • BID-4028: Microsoft MSN ActiveX Object Information Disclosure Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0228: Microsoft MSN Messenger allows remote attackers to use Javascript that references an ActiveX object to obtain sensitive information such as display names and web site navigation, and possibly more when the user is connected to certain Microsoft sites (or DNS-spoofed sites).
  • OSVDB ID: 10981: MSN Messenger ActiveX Object Javascript Reference Information Disclosure

Platforms Affected:

  • Microsoft MSN Messenger 4.5
  • Microsoft MSN Messenger 4.6


Feb 02, 2002

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