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eBay Enhanced Picture Uploader ActiveX control vulnerable to arbitrary command execution

Vulnerability Note VU#983731

Original Release Date: 2009-06-09 | Last Revised: 2009-06-09

Overview

The eBay Enhanced Picture Uploader ActiveX control allows arbitrary commands to be executed.

Description

The eBay Enhanced Picture Uploader ActiveX control is used by the eBay web site to give Internet Explorer users additional functionality when uploading pictures to an auction. This ActiveX control is provided by the file EPUWALcontrol.dll. If an attacker provides a specially-crafted PictureUrls property or initialization parameter, the ActiveX control will execute the commands that are specified.

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 commands with the privileges of the user.

Solution

Apply an update

This update is addressed in version 1.0.27 of the Ebay Enhanced Picture Control software. This update can be obtained by visiting the eBay web site, creating a new auction and uploading images with the Internet Explorer web browser. This control is also disabled in Internet Explorer with the update for Microsoft Security Advisory (969898). Please see the eBay security center announcement for additional details.

Please also consider the following workarounds:


Disable the eBay Enhanced Picture Uploader ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

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

{4C39376E-FA9D-4349-BACC-D305C1750EF3}
{C3EB1670-84E0-4EDA-B570-0B51AAE81679}
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\{4C39376E-FA9D-4349-BACC-D305C1750EF3}]
"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{C3EB1670-84E0-4EDA-B570-0B51AAE81679}]
"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

983731
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eBay

Notified:  August 27, 2008 Updated:  June 09, 2009

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.

Vendor References

http://pages.ebay.com/securitycenter/activex/index.html

Addendum

This update is addressed in version 1.0.27 of the Ebay Enhanced Picture Control software. This update can be obtained by visiting the eBay web site, creating a new auction and uploading images with the Internet Explorer web browser. This control is also disabled in Internet Explorer with the update for Microsoft Security Advisory (969898). Please see the eBay security center announcement for additional details.

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CVSS Metrics

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

References

Credit

Thanks to Chris Weber of Casaba Security for reporting this vulnerability.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2008-2475
Severity Metric: 7.36
Date Public: 2009-06-09
Date First Published: 2009-06-09
Date Last Updated: 2009-06-09 17:39 UTC
Document Revision: 9

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