Vulnerability Note VU#23412

Wang/Kodak Image Annotation ActiveX Control

Original Release date: 31 Oct 2000 | Last revised: 31 Oct 2000

Overview

Description

The Image Annotation control is incorrectly marked safe for scripting. This control is sometimes identified as from "Kodak" and other times as from "Wang". The Image Annotation control is one of several controls used to provide image editting services through a web site. Because the control is marked safe-for-scripting, an attacker may be able to script this control and exploit the vulnerability when you visit a web page.

This control is implemented in the file imgedit.ocx and has a ClassID of {6D940285-9F11-11CE-83FD-02608C3EC08A}.

This vulnerability is closely related to these vulnerabilities:

  • VU#26924 Wang/Kodak Image Admin ActiveX Control
  • VU#41408 Wang/Kodak Image Scan ActiveX Control
  • VU#23412 Wang/Kodak Image Annotation ActiveX Control
  • VU#24839 Wang/Kodak Image Thumbnail ActiveX Control
  • VU#9162 Wang/Kodak Image Edit ActiveX Control

Each of these controls appears to have a similar problem.

Impact

An attacker can use the control to create files on a system viewing a malicious web page. By carefully constructing the files and specfying which files to overwrite, an attacker can cause arbitrary commands to be execued. The attacker can also overwrite existing files, causing the system to fail.

Solution

Apply a patch

Apply the patch provided by Microsoft in Security Bulletin MS99-037. This patch sets the kill bit which prevents the control from being loaded by Internet Explorer.

Disable "Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting"

In your Internet Explorer security settings, set this option to "disable" or "prompt".

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
MicrosoftAffected-31 Oct 2000
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A N/A

References

Credit

Thanks to Richard Smith for reporting this vulnerability to the CERT/CC.

This document was written by Cory F Cohen.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: Unknown
  • Date Public: 10 Sep 99
  • Date First Published: 31 Oct 2000
  • Date Last Updated: 31 Oct 2000
  • Severity Metric: 7.59
  • Document Revision: 13

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