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Novell exteNd Director 4.1 LocalExec ActiveX control fails to restrict access to dangerous methods

Vulnerability Note VU#793433

Original Release Date: 2007-06-15 | Last Revised: 2007-06-21


The Novell exteNd Director 4.1 LocalExec ActiveX control fails to restrict access to dangerous methods, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable system.


Novell exteNd Director is a set of software development tools and APIs for creating enterprise web applications. exteNd Director 4.1 includes an ActiveX control called LocalExec, which is provided by the file LocalExec.ocx. This ActiveX control contains a method called launch(), which can be used to execute arbitrary commands on a vulnerable system.

Note that exteNd Director 4.1 is no longer supported by Novell.


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 commands with the privileges of the user.


Apply an update
This issue is addressed in Novell security update 3169416. This document describes how to set the kill bit for the vulnerable control.

Disable the LocalExec ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

The vulnerable 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\{2B1AA38D-2D12-11D5-AAD0-00C04FA03D78}]
"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. 

Vendor Information


Novell, Inc. Affected

Notified:  November 10, 2006 Updated: June 15, 2007



Vendor Statement

We have not received a statement from the vendor.

Vendor Information

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


Please disable the vulnerable control.

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

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-2923
Severity Metric: 1.34
Date Public: 2004-08-30
Date First Published: 2007-06-15
Date Last Updated: 2007-06-21 13:58 UTC
Document Revision: 7

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