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Category:   Application (Instant Messaging/IRC/Chat)  >   AOL Instant Messenger Vendors:   America Online, Inc.
AOL Instant Messenger 'aim://goaway?message' Buffer Overflow Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1010901
SecurityTracker URL:  http://securitytracker.com/id/1010901
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0636   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Aug 9 2004
Original Entry Date:  Aug 9 2004
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  Exploit Included:  Yes  
Version(s): 5.5.3595 and prior versions
Description:   A buffer overflow vulnerability was reported in AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

Secunia and iDEFENSE reported that a remote user can create a specially crafted 'aim://' URL that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a stack overflow and execute arbitrary code.

An away message longer than 1024 bytes can trigger the flaw, the report said.

An exploit URL may have the following form:

"goaway?message"

Secunia credits Ryan McGeehan and Kevin Benes of TheBillyGoatCurse.com with reporting this flaw. iDEFENSE credits Matt Murphy with reporting this flaw.

Impact:   A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's computer.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry. iDEFENSE reports that AOL will release a fixed beta version on August 9, 2004, to be available at:

http://www.aim.com/

Vendor URL:  www.aim.com/ (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.


 Source Message Contents

Subject:  http://www.k-otik.net/bugtraq/08092004.AIM.php


http://www.k-otik.net/bugtraq/08092004.AIM.php

K-OTik reported a buffer overflow vulnerability in AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) version 
5.5.3595 and prior versions.  A remote user can create a specially crafted 'aim://' URL 
that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a stack overflow and execute arbitrary 
code.

An away message longer than 1024 bytes can trigger the flaw, the report said.

An exploit URL may have the following form:

"goaway?message"

The report credits Ryan McGeehan with reporting this flaw.

 
 


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