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Particle Software IntraLaunch Application Launcher ActiveX control fails to restrict access to dangerous methods

Vulnerability Note VU#908801

Original Release Date: 2009-04-06 | Last Revised: 2016-08-12

Overview

The Particle Software IntraLaunch Application Launcher ActiveX control allows arbitrary code execution.

Description

Particle Software IntraLaunch is an ActiveX control that "... allows web page links to execute anything from applications to associations such as Word or Acrobat PDF documents both locally and across a network without prompts or security warnings." The IntraLaunch ActiveX control, which is provided by IntraLaunch.ocx, is marked Safe for Scripting and by default is not restricted to any specific domain or Internet Explorer zone. This means that any web site has the ability to run arbitrary code on a system that has the control.

Note that a vendor may purchase a site-locked version of the IntraLaunch control, but by default the control is not restricted.

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.

Solution

We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem. Please consider the following workarounds:


Disable the IntraLaunch ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

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

{0AE533FE-B805-4FD6-8AE1-A619FBEE7A23}
{58FEBB79-70F5-48A6-9697-E91591DA3F8E}
{858B4F85-E945-4F0C-AF65-059E0AD9EEC0}
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\{0AE533FE-B805-4FD6-8AE1-A619FBEE7A23}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{58FEBB79-70F5-48A6-9697-E91591DA3F8E}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{858B4F85-E945-4F0C-AF65-059E0AD9EEC0}]
"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

908801
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

LDRA Software Technology

Notified:  March 09, 2009 Updated:  August 12, 2016

Status

  Affected

Vendor Statement

The LDRA TBbrowse component uses the Microsoft Internet Explorer HTML framework to implement an HTML report viewer. The IntraLaunch.ocx control allows these reports to include active links to other reports.

The use of IntraLaunch is optional, and the user is asked to confirm their wish to include it as part of the installation.

As of LDRA 9.45 the ActiveX control can be disabled without loss of report functionality. As of LDRA 9.57, the IntraLaunch ActiveX control is no longer provided.

Vendor Information

Disabling IntraLaunch via the “kill-bit” is not a viable option if a user wishes to make use of the intra-report links displayed within TBbrowse.
However, given the vulnerability noted in VU#908801 it is still advisable to take appropriate security measures:

    1. Disable the use of ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone or ensure that any affected machine does not have access to the internet (e.g. via firewall settings).
    2. Ensure that any affected machine does not have access to any other untrusted network that may be used as an attack vector.

      Vendor References

      None

      Addendum

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

    Particle Software

    Notified:  February 13, 2009 Updated:  August 12, 2016

    Status

      Affected

    Vendor Statement

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

    Vendor Information

    There is no real security problem here at all. Its the nature of the program, everyone is aware of it and its all public. If they don't want it they just uninstall (http://www.particlesoftware.com/en/uninstall.html) it.


    CVSS Metrics

    Group Score Vector
    Base 0.0 AV:--/AC:--/Au:--/C:--/I:--/A:--
    Temporal 0.0 E:ND/RL:ND/RC:ND
    Environmental 0 CDP:ND/TD:ND/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND

    References

    Credit

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

    This document was written by Will Dormann.

    Other Information

    CVE IDs: CVE-2009-0218
    Severity Metric: 9.62
    Date Public: 1997-06-07
    Date First Published: 2009-04-06
    Date Last Updated: 2016-08-12 15:24 UTC
    Document Revision: 17

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