A vulnerability in Microsoft's Authenticode could allow a remote attacker to install an untrusted ActiveX control on the victim's system.
According to Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-041:
ActiveX is a technology that allows programmers to develop self-contained software modules called controls, that perform a single task or a collection of related tasks. An ActiveX control can be called by programs or web sites that need the functionality it provides.
Normally, Authenticode prompts a user prior to the installation of an ActiveX control. There is a vulnerability in Authenticode that, under certain low memory conditions, could allow an ActiveX control to download and install without presenting the user with the dialog discussed above. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by creating a web page or HTML email message that included a malicious ActiveX control.
A remote attacker may be able to install and execute an unauthorized ActiveX control on the victim's system, thereby allowing the attacker to execute code of their choosing. This code would be executed in the security context of the user who was logged in at the time that the ActiveX control was installed.
Microsoft has issued a security bulletin and a patch in response to this issue. Users are encouraged to review the information provided in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS03-041 and apply the patches it refers to.
Thanks to Microsoft for reporting this vulnerability.
This document was written by Chad R Dougherty.
|Date First Published:||2003-10-16|
|Date Last Updated:||2003-12-09 16:26 UTC|