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CA Internet Security Suite File Creation Flaw Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1025120
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2011-1036   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Feb 26 2011
Original Entry Date:  Feb 24 2011
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 2010, 2011
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in CA Internet Security. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will invoke the XMLSecDB ActiveX control and create an arbitrary file on the target user's system. This can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.

CA Host-Based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS) r8.1 is also affected.

The vendor was notified on August 25, 2010.

Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod reported this vulnerability via TippingPoint's Zero Day Initiative.

Impact:   A remote user can create HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   No solution was available at the time of this entry. The vendor plans to issue a fix soon.

The vendor's advisory is available at:{53A608DF-BFDB-4AB3-A98F-E4BB6BC7A2F4}

Vendor URL:{53A608DF-BFDB-4AB3-A98F-E4BB6BC7A2F4} (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Access control error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] ZDI-11-093: CA Internet Security Suite HIPS XML Security Database Parser Class Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-11-093: CA Internet Security Suite HIPS XML Security Database Parser Class Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

February 23, 2011

-- CVE ID:

-- CVSS:
9.3, (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

-- Affected Vendors:

-- Affected Products:
CA Internet Security Suite

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 10848. 
For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit:

-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of CA Internet Security Suite 2010. User
interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target
must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The flaw exists within the XMLSecDB ActiveX control which is installed
with HIPSEngine component. SetXml and Save methods are implemented
insecurely and can allow creation of an arbitrary file on the victim's
system. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to execute
arbitrary code under the context of the user.

-- Vendor Response:
CA has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:{53A608DF-BFDB-4AB3-A98F-E4BB6BC7A2F4}

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2010-08-25 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2011-02-23 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
    * Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod

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