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Macrovision FLEXnet Connect / InstallShield Update Service Agent ActiveX buffer overflows

Vulnerability Note VU#847993

Original Release Date: 2007-02-22 | Last Revised: 2009-04-13

Overview

The Macrovision / InstallShield Update Service Web Agent ActiveX control contains buffer overflows, which could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

The InstallShield Update Service, now known as Macrovision FLEXnet Connect, contains an ActiveX control called Update Service Agent. This ActiveX control is a component that is included with some Macrovision and InstallShield Windows software installers and is provided by the file isusweb.dll. The Update Service Agent ActiveX control contains buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the Download() and DownloadAndExecute() methods.

Impact

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 Internet Explorer (or the program using the WebBrowser control) to crash.

Solution

Apply an update

This issue is addressed in the FLEXnet Connect 6.0 Security Patch, which is available in the Acresso support document Q113020. This update addresses the buffer overflows and removes the "Safe for Scripting" setting of the vulnerable control, which prevents the control from being scripted by Internet Explorer. Because the vulnerable control may be provided to end-users who do not have the FLEXnet Connect SDK installed, please consider the following workarounds:


Disable the Update Service Agent ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

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

{E9880553-B8A7-4960-A668-95C68BED571E}
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\{E9880553-B8A7-4960-A668-95C68BED571E}]
"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

847993
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

IBM Corporation

Updated:  September 17, 2008

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

Our testing has shown that IBM Rational AppScan is vulnerable. Other applications may also provide the vulnerable component.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

Macrovision-InstallShield

Notified:  October 09, 2006 Updated:  September 17, 2008

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

The vulnerability that you refer to has been corrected in more recent versions of the product.

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

This issue is addressed in the FLEXnet Connect 6.0 Security Patch, which is available in the Acresso support document Q113020.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.


CVSS Metrics

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

References

Acknowledgements

This vulnerability was reported by Dan Plakosh of the Software Engineering Institute.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-0321
Severity Metric: 2.75
Date Public: 2007-02-22
Date First Published: 2007-02-22
Date Last Updated: 2009-04-13 17:18 UTC
Document Revision: 41

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