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Internet Pictures Corporation iPIX Image Well ActiveX controls contain buffer overflows

Vulnerability Note VU#958609

Original Release Date: 2007-04-09 | Last Revised: 2007-04-09


The Internet Pictures Corporation iPIX Image Well ActiveX controls contain buffer overflows, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Internet Pictures Corporation has produced equipment and software to create 360 degree field-of-view images. The Internet Pictures Corporation iPIX Image Well ActiveX control, provided by iPIX-ImageWell-ipix.dll, contains several buffer overflow vulnerabilities.


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.


We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem. Internet Pictures Corporation has apparently filed for bankruptcy and does not appear to still be in business.

Disable the iPIX Image Well ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer

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

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 these controls:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{ef8d9f2a-f641-4ef0-b2ec-3ba2be7c2960}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{f7a05bac-9778-410a-9cde-bfbd4d5d2b7f}]
"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


iPIX Affected

Updated:  April 09, 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.


All attempts to contact iPIX have failed. The organization no longer appears to be in business.

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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-2007-1687
Severity Metric: 1.22
Date Public: 2007-04-09
Date First Published: 2007-04-09
Date Last Updated: 2007-04-09 17:07 UTC
Document Revision: 8

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