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Intuit QuickBooks Online Edition ActiveX control fails to properly restrict access to methods

Vulnerability Note VU#979638

Original Release Date: 2007-09-05 | Last Revised: 2007-12-11

Overview

The Intuit QuickBooks Online Edition ActiveX control fails to properly restrict access to dangerous methods, which could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Intuit QuickBooks Online Edition is a version of QuickBooks that is implemented as an ActiveX control. This ActiveX control contains several dangerous methods, such as httpGETToFile() and httpPOSTFromFile(). These methods can be used to download or upload files in arbitrary locations.

Impact

By convincing a victim to view an HTML document (web page, HTML email, or email attachment), an attacker could download arbitrary files to a vulnerable system within the security context of the user running IE. These files could contain code that could be executed through other means. The user may click the file inadvertently, or the file may be placed in a sensitive location, such as the Windows Startup folder where it will automatically execute the next time the user logs onto the system. An attacker can also retrieve arbitrary files from a victim's computer.

Solution

Apply an update

This issue is addressed in version 10 of the QuickBooks Online Edition ActiveX control. The fixed version of the QuickBooks Online Edition ActiveX control can be installed from the QuickBooks Online Edition web site.

The vulnerable ActiveX controls are also disabled in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS07-069.


Disable the QuickBooks Online Edition ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

The vulnerable QuickBooks Online Edition ActiveX controls (versions 9 and earlier) can be disabled in Internet Explorer by setting the kill bit for the following CLSIDs:

{CF9DEB90-8DE3-11D5-BAE4-00105AAAFF94}
{4F720B9C-24B1-4948-A035-8853DC01F19E}
{2EFF8C97-F2A8-4395-9F47-9A06F998BF88}
{2CC3D8DE-18BF-43ff-8CB8-21B442300FD5}
{DBB177CC-6908-4b53-9BEE-F1C697818D65}
{A80D199B-CFDD-4da4-8C47-2310D5B8DD97}
{0D3983A9-4E29-4f33-8313-DA22B29D3F87}
{D92D7607-05D9-4dd8-B68B-D458948FB883}
{8CE3BAE6-AB66-40b6-9019-41E5282FF1E2}
{40F8967E-34A6-474a-837A-CEC1E7DAC54C}

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\{CF9DEB90-8DE3-11D5-BAE4-00105AAAFF94}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{4F720B9C-24B1-4948-A035-8853DC01F19E}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{2EFF8C97-F2A8-4395-9F47-9A06F998BF88}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{2CC3D8DE-18BF-43ff-8CB8-21B442300FD5}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{DBB177CC-6908-4b53-9BEE-F1C697818D65}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{A80D199B-CFDD-4da4-8C47-2310D5B8DD97}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{0D3983A9-4E29-4f33-8313-DA22B29D3F87}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{D92D7607-05D9-4dd8-B68B-D458948FB883}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{8CE3BAE6-AB66-40b6-9019-41E5282FF1E2}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX
Compatibility\{40F8967E-34A6-474a-837A-CEC1E7DAC54C}]
"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

979638
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Intuit, Inc.

Notified:  August 21, 2006 Updated:  September 04, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

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

Addendum

This issue is addressed in version 10 of the QuickBooks Online Edition ActiveX control. The fixed version of the QuickBooks Online Edition ActiveX control can be installed from the QuickBooks Online Edition web site.

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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 Will Dormann of the CERT/CC.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-4471
Severity Metric: 1.96
Date Public: 2007-09-04
Date First Published: 2007-09-05
Date Last Updated: 2007-12-11 19:08 UTC
Document Revision: 14

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