Vulnerability Note VU#380277
IBM Access Support eGatherer ActiveX control buffer overflow
The IBM Access Support eGatherer ActiveX control contains a buffer overflow vulnerability, which may allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
The IBM Access Support eGatherer ActiveX control has the ability to collect system information, such as make, model, serial number, OS version, etc. This control is available on the IBM / Lenovo web site, and also may come pre-installed on IBM and Lenovo computer systems. This control contains a buffer overflow vulnerability.
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.
Apply an update
This vulnerability is addressed in version 3.20.0284.0 of the eGatherer ActiveX control.
Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) appears to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the "Securing Your Web Browser" document and the Malicious Web Scripts FAQ.
Systems Affected (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|IBM Corporation||Affected||-||08 Sep 2006|
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This vulnerability was reported by Will Dormann of CERT/CC. It was also independently reported by eEye Digital Security, who in turn credit Derek Protas
This document was written by Will Dormann.
- CVE IDs: CVE-2006-4221
- Date Public: 17 Aug 2006
- Date First Published: 08 Sep 2006
- Date Last Updated: 08 Mar 2007
- Severity Metric: 29.77
- Document Revision: 8
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