Vulnerability Note VU#179105

RealNetworks GameHouse dldisplay ActiveX control stack buffer overflows

Original Release date: 19 Jun 2007 | Last revised: 13 Apr 2009

Overview

The RealNetworks GameHouse dldisplay ActiveX control contains multiple stack buffer overflows, which could allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

RealNetworks GameHouse is a web site that provides games. GameHouse has an ActiveX control called dldisplay, which is provided by ghdlctl.dll. This ActiveX control contains multiple stack buffer overflows.

Impact

By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause Internet Explorer (or the program using the WebBrowser control) to crash.

Solution

We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem. Please consider the following workarounds

Disable the GameHouse dldisplay ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

The vulnerable ActiveX control can be disabled in Internet Explorer by setting the kill bit for the following CLSID:

    {4F5E4276-C120-11D6-A1FD-00508B9D48EA}
More information about how to set the kill bit is available in Microsoft Support Document 240797. Alternatively, the following text can be saved as a .REG file and imported to set the kill bit for this control:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{4F5E4276-C120-11D6-A1FD-00508B9D48EA}]
    "Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400
Disable ActiveX

Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) appears to prevent exploitation of this and other ActiveX vulnerabilities. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the "Securing Your Web Browser" document. 

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
RealNetworks, Inc.Affected06 Mar 200718 Jun 2007
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported by Will Dormann of the CERT/CC.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2007-2924
  • Date Public: 19 Jun 2007
  • Date First Published: 19 Jun 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 13 Apr 2009
  • Severity Metric: 0.86
  • Document Revision: 9

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