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McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot ActiveX control buffer overflow vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#714593

Original Release Date: 2007-03-22 | Last Revised: 2007-03-22


A vulnerability in an ActiveX control provided with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot software could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.


The McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot are applications that are designed to allow centralized security management of multiple clients. Remote management of the ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot servers are done through a management console.

The ActiveX control SiteManager.Dll that is shipped with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot contains two functions that are vulnerable to stack based buffer overflows.

Note that SiteManager.Dll should only be installed on systems that have used the McAfee management console.


By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause Internet Explorer (or the program using the WebBrowser control) to crash.


McAfee has released an upgrade to address this issue. See the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) and ProtectionPilot (PRP) HotFixes fix multiple vulnerabilities security bulletin for details about obtaining updated software.

Disable ActiveX

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

Vendor Information


McAfee Affected

Updated:  March 22, 2007



Vendor Statement

On March 13, McAfee published a vulnerability announcement to its online knowledgebase and pro-actively contacted customers through various means to alert them of security patches posted which fix these non-critical security flaws. The security flaws in McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and McAfee ProtectionPilot SiteManager.dll are only found on machines that have the management console installed on it and are only exploitable with the assistance of the end user. Very few machines in an organization should have this console installed on it, and it is not installed with any of McAfee's other products or the ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot agent.

Vendor Information

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


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Thanks to Fortinet Security Research and McAfee for information that was used in this report.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-1498
Severity Metric: 6.00
Date Public: 2007-03-13
Date First Published: 2007-03-22
Date Last Updated: 2007-03-22 14:09 UTC
Document Revision: 37

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