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Apple Safari automatically executes downloaded files based on Internet Explorer zone settings

Vulnerability Note VU#127185

Original Release Date: 2008-06-20 | Last Revised: 2008-06-20

Overview

Apple Safari automatically executes downloaded files based on Internet Explorer zone settings, which can allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Apple Safari is a web browser that is available for OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms. Apple Safari for Microsoft Windows will modify its behavior based on the Internet Explorer security zone settings. One of the Internet Explorer zone settings that Safari queries is URLACTION_SHELL_EXECUTE_HIGHRISK, which is stored as registry value 1806 in the Internet Explorer URL Security Zone section of the Windows registry. If this value is set to "allowed" for the associated URL Security Zone, Safari will automatically execute files, which are also automatically downloaded from the website.

For the Trusted Sites and Local Intranet zones on Internet Explorer 6 systems, this value defaults to 0x00, which indicates that the action is "allowed." This URL Security Zone setting appears to have no representation in the GUI for configuring the zones on Internet Explorer 6 systems. This means that no matter how the Trusted Sites or Local Intranet zones are configured using the graphical interface for Internet Explorer, Safari will automatically execute files that are downloaded from sites that reside in these zones.

Internet Explorer 7 systems expose the URLACTION_SHELL_EXECUTE_HIGHRISK URL Security Zone setting as "Launching applications and unsafe files" in the Internet Explorer zone security configuration dialog. This value defaults to 0x01 for the Trusted Sites zone, and 0x00 for the Local Intranet zone, which correlate to "prompt" and "allow," respectively. This means that by default, any site in the Local Intranet zone on Internet Explorer 7 systems can cause Safari to automatically execute downloaded files. Safari will automatically execute downloaded files in other zones if the "Launching applications and unsafe files" option is set to "allow."

Impact

By convincing a user to visit a specially crafted web page with Apple Safari on Windows, an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Solution

Apply an update
This issue is addressed in Safari for Windows 3.1.2. Please see the Apple Security Update for more details. This version of Safari will prompt the user before downloading or executing files.

Vendor Information

127185
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Apple Computer, Inc.

Notified:  June 09, 2008 Updated:  June 19, 2008

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

This issue is addressed in Safari for Windows 3.1.2. Please see the Apple Security Update for more details. This version of Safari will prompt the user before downloading or executing files.

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CVSS Metrics

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

References

Credit

This vulnerability was reported by Will Dormann of the CERT/CC.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2008-2306
Severity Metric: 8.10
Date Public: 2008-06-19
Date First Published: 2008-06-20
Date Last Updated: 2008-06-20 02:56 UTC
Document Revision: 4

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