Vulnerability Note VU#641460

Microsoft Windows fails to properly handle COM objects

Original Release date: 11 Apr 2006 | Last revised: 15 May 2006

Overview

Microsoft Windows fails to properly handle COM Objects. This vulnerability may allow a remote unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Microsoft COM

Microsoft COM is a technology that allows programmers to create reusable software components that can be incorporated into applications to extend their functionality. Microsoft COM includes COM+, Distributed COM (DCOM), and ActiveX Controls.

The Problem

Microsoft COM objects are not properly handled. Specifically, users are not properly warned before COM objects are executed.

More information is available in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-015.

Impact

A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system. The attacker-supplied code would be executed with the privileges of the user running Windows Explorer.

Solution

Apply an Update

This issue is addressed in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-015.

Some problems associated with the update (verclsid.exe) and resolutions are described in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 918165.


Refer to MS06-015

Refer to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-015 for workarounds for this vulnerability.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected-11 Apr 2006
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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

This vulnerability was reported in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-015. Microsoft credits NISCC with providing information regarding this vulnerability.

This document was written by Jeff Gennari.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2006-0012
  • Date Public: 11 Apr 2006
  • Date First Published: 11 Apr 2006
  • Date Last Updated: 15 May 2006
  • Severity Metric: 27.00
  • Document Revision: 15

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