Microsoft Internet Explorer Google Toolbar search request denial of service

ie-google-toolbar-dos (9883) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Internet Explorer with Google Toolbar installed are vulnerable to a denial of service attack. Google Toolbar fails to properly handle invalid search requests. A remote attacker can cause a victim?s Web browser to crash by creating a malicious Web page that would send a specially-crafted search request to the Google Toolbar in a victim's Web browser to cause an exception in "oleaut32.dll", once the malicious Web page is viewed.


Denial of Service


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Thu Aug 15 2002 - 03:08:21 CDT: IE [with Google Toolbar installed] crash.
  • Google Toolbar Web site: Google Toolbar.
  • BID-5477: Google Toolbar Search Function Denial Of Service Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-1444: The Google toolbar 1.1.60, when running on Internet Explorer 5.5 and 6.0, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (crash with an exception in oleaut32.dll) via malicious HTML, possibly related to small width and height parameters or an incorrect call to the Google.Search() function.
  • OSVDB ID: 7898: Microsoft IE with Google Toolbar Malicious HTML DoS

Platforms Affected:

  • Google Toolbar 1.1.60
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0


Aug 15, 2002

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