Known issue: Using MiniFuzz on Windows XP or Server2003

Michael Howard here with a quick update on MiniFuzz File Fuzzer.

We have received sporadic reports that a few MiniFuzz users are encountering an issue when attempting to run MiniFuzz on Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP platforms. This is a known issue that results from some missing registry keys on Windows XP and Server 2003 that are present in Vista and Server 2008 by default. We had documented this issue on the download site, but I wanted to also mention it here.

Below is a quick snapshot of the error and a simple command-line script that will automatically create the necessary registry settings and allow you to use MiniFuzz on these platforms. This should get you up and fuzzing immediately.

The error:


The manual fix:

Run the following command-line script to automatically create the necessary registry settings:

REG add “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsWindows Error Reporting” /f
REG add “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsWindows Error Reporting” /v DontShowUI /t REG_DWORD /d 1
REG add “HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftwareMicrosoftWindowsWindows Error Reporting” /v ExcludedApplications /t REG_MULTI_SZ

What we are doing about it:

We will be fixing this issue in MiniFuzz and putting up a fixed version of MiniFuzz in the future.

Thank you for downloading MiniFuzz. We apologize for this inconvenience, but hope this manual fix will help you begin fuzzing your applications.

About the Author
Michael Howard

Principal Security Program Manager

Michael Howard is a principal security program manager on the Trustworthy Computing (TwC) Security team at Microsoft, where he is responsible for managing secure design, programming, and testing techniques across the company. Michael is an architect of the Security Development Read more »