Vulnerability Note VU#478225
AOL SuperBuddy ActiveX fails to properly validate method arguments
The AOL SuperBuddy ActiveX control does not properly validate arguments to the LinkSBIcons() method. This vulnerability may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.
The AOL SuperBuddy ActiveX control (Sb.SuperBuddy.1) is a component that comes with AOL software. This control contains the method LinkSBIcons(), which takes an address as an argument. This address is user-controlled and not validated before it is dereferenced, possibly allowing an attacker to overwrite arbitrary process memory.
Note that the AOL SuperBuddy ActiveX control is marked as "safe for scripting" . This allows the vulnerability to be triggered by viewing a specially crafted HTML document.
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, such as the AOL browser) to crash.
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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|
|America Online, Inc.||Unknown||-||05 Apr 2007|
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This vulnerability was publicly disclosed in TippingPoint Security Advisory TSRT-07-03.
This document was written by Jeff Gennari.
- CVE IDs: CVE-2006-5820
- Date Public: 30 Mar 2007
- Date First Published: 05 Apr 2007
- Date Last Updated: 05 Apr 2007
- Severity Metric: 19.01
- Document Revision: 17
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