Vulnerability Note VU#939605

JVIEW Profiler (javaprxy.dll) COM object contains an unspecified vulnerability

Original Release date: 02 Jul 2005 | Last revised: 12 Jul 2005

Overview

The JVIEW Profiler COM object contains an unspecified vulnerability, which may allow a remote 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.

ActiveX controls

ActiveX controls are COM objects that are designed to be used in Internet Explorer. A web page can make use of an ActiveX control through the use of the OBJECT tag.

JVIEW Profiler

The JVIEW Profiler is a COM object provided by javaprxy.dll, which is an interface to the debugger in the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine.

The Problem

Internet Explorer will attempt to instantiate any COM object that is referenced by a web page. COM objects that are not ActiveX controls may cause unexpected results, such as crashing Internet Explorer. The JVIEW Profiler COM object crashes in a way that can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Impact

By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message), an attacker could execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause IE (or the program using the WebBrowser control) to crash.
Proof of concept code is publicly available.

Solution

Apply An Update
Apply the appropriate update, as specified in the Microsoft Security Bulletin. This update sets the "kill bit" for the JVIEW Profiler COM object.


Microsoft has listed several workarounds in the Microsoft Security Bulletin, including disabling ActiveX controls, disabling Active scripting, and unregistering javaprxy.dll.

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected30 Jun 200502 Jul 2005
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CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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

References

Credit

This vulnerability was publicly reported by Bernhard Mueller.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2005-2087
  • Date Public: 29 Jun 2005
  • Date First Published: 02 Jul 2005
  • Date Last Updated: 12 Jul 2005
  • Severity Metric: 44.55
  • Document Revision: 28

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