Vulnerability Note VU#680540
ICQ 7 fails to verify the origin of software updates
ICQ 7 does not verify the origin of automatic updates which may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.
According to ICQ's website: "ICQ, the pioneer of Instant Messaging (IM), now offers the optimal integration between Instant Messaging and Social Networks with the newest ICQ version – the Social Messaging tool that can be downloaded free of charge at www.icq.com." ICQ 7 checks for updates on start-up but does not verify the origin of updates through digital signatures or other means. An attacker who can successfully spoof update.icq.com using a man-in-the-middle attack, DNS poisoning, or some other means can cause the client to download a malicious software update.
By successfully spoofing the update site, an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.
We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem.
Vendor Information (Learn More)
|Vendor||Status||Date Notified||Date Updated|
|Digital Sky Technologies||Affected||-||13 Jan 2011|
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Thanks to Daniel Seither for reporting this vulnerability.
This document was written by Michael Orlando.
- CVE IDs: Unknown
- Date Public: 13 Jan 2011
- Date First Published: 13 Jan 2011
- Date Last Updated: 13 Jan 2011
- Severity Metric: 13.16
- Document Revision: 13
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