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Invensys Wonderware Archestra ConfigurationAccessComponent ActiveX control stack buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#703189

Original Release Date: 2010-08-04 | Last Revised: 2010-08-05


The Invensys Wonderware Archestra ConfigurationAccessComponent ActiveX control contains a stack buffer overflow that could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system


The Invensys Wonderware Archestra ConfigurationAccessComponent ActiveX control, ConfigurationAccessComponent.dll, used by the Wonderware Archestra IDE (Integrated Development Environment) and the InFusion IEE (Integrated Engineering Environment) contains a stack buffer overflow vulnerability.

The UnsubscribeData method of the IConfigurationAccess interface uses wcscpy() to copy its first parameter into a static sized local buffer.


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 the web browser to crash.


According to Invensys, users that are using IAS 2.1 (all versions)-IDE, WAS 3.0 (all versions)-IDE, WAS 3.1 (all versions)-IDE, InFusion CE 2.0-IEE, InFusion FE 1.0 (all versions)-IEE, InFusion FE 2.0-IEE, InFusion SCADA 2.0–IEE should apply the vendor security update. This vulnerability is not present in Wonderware Application Server 3.1 Service Pack 2 Patch 01 (WAS 3.1 SP2 P01).

Disable the ConfigurationAccessComponent ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

The ConfigurationAccessComponent ActiveX control can be disabled in Internet Explorer by setting the kill bit for the following CLSID:

More information about how to set the kill bit is available in Microsoft Support Document 240797. Alternatively, the following text can be saved as a .REG file and imported to set the kill bit for this control:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{55414847-A533-4642-8E92-76B191B24B87}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{55414847-A533-4642-8E92-76B191B24B87}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400
Disable ActiveX

Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) appears to prevent exploitation of this and other ActiveX vulnerabilities. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the "Securing Your Web Browser" document. 

Enter URLs manually

Do not click on URLs from untrusted sources such as unsolicited email or instant messages. Type URLs or use trusted bookmarks for sensitive sites.

Vendor Information


Invensys Affected

Notified:  July 06, 2010 Updated: August 05, 2010

Statement Date:   July 14, 2010



Vendor Statement

Wonderware Archestra ConfigurationAccessComponent ActiveX Stack Overflow (LFSEC00000037):

invensys-advisory.pdf invensys-advisory.pdf

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

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Information from Invensys and IOActive was used in this document.

This document was written by Michael Orlando.

Other Information

CVE IDs: None
Severity Metric: 5.06
Date Public: 2010-08-04
Date First Published: 2010-08-04
Date Last Updated: 2010-08-05 17:03 UTC
Document Revision: 41

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