Published:2008/03/12  Last Updated:2008/05/21

Google Desktop cross-site scripting vulnerability


Google Desktop contains a cross-site scripting vulnerability.

Products Affected

  • All versions earlier than Google Desktop 5.1.706.29690 (released on July 4, 2007)


Google Desktop, software for searching information on local computers, contains a cross-site scripting vulnerability.


An arbitrary script could be executed on the web browser of a user who uses Google Desktop.


According to the vendor, this vulnerability has been fixed in Google Desktop 5.1.706.29690 released on July 4, 2007 and later versions. Although Google Desktop has an automatic update feature, check the version information of Google Desktop you are using. If your version is earlier than Google Desktop 5.1.706.29690, update to the latest version as soon as possible.

Vendor Status

Vendor Link
Google Latest Release Notes


JPCERT/CC Addendum

Vulnerability Analysis by JPCERT/CC

Analyzed on 2008.03.12

Measures Conditions Severity
Access Required Routed - can be attacked over the Internet using packets
  • High
Authentication None - anonymous or no authentication (IP addresses do not count)
  • High
User Interaction Required Simple - the user must be convinced to take a standard action that does not feel harmful to most users, such as click on a link or view a file
  • Medium
Exploit Complexity Low - little to no expertise and/or luck required to exploit (cross-site scripting)
  • High

Description of each analysis measures


Daiki Fukumori of Secure Sky Technology, Inc. reported this vulnerability to IPA.
JPCERT/CC coordinated with the vendors under Information Security Early Warning Partnership.

Other Information

JPCERT Reports
CERT Advisory
CPNI Advisory
JVN iPedia JVNDB-2008-000010

Update History