AOL Radio Buffer Overflow in AmpX ActiveX Control Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1018929|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1018929
(Links to External Site)
Date: Nov 9 2007
Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): AmpX.dll version 126.96.36.199|
A vulnerability was reported in an ActiveX control used by AOL Radio. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.|
A remote user can create specially crafted HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.
Several buffer overflows exist.
The CLSID of the vulnerable control is: B49C4597-8721-4789-9250-315DFBD9F525
The vendor was notified on April 24, 2007.
This vulnerability was reported via iDefense.
A remote user can create HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.|
The vendor has issued a fix for AOL Radio, available at:|
The fix will be automatically downloaded when the user accesses AOL or AIM (after a prompt).
Vendor URL: www.aol.com/ (Links to External Site)
|Underlying OS: Windows (Any)|
Source Message Contents
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07: AOL AmpX ActiveX Control Multiple|
iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07
Nov 09, 2007
America Online's AmpX is an ActiveX control associated with AOL Radio.
It is typically used for embedding streaming audio content in web
pages. For more information visit the following URL.
Remote exploitation of multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in AOL's
AmpX ActiveX control could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code
with the credentials of the user visiting a malicious website.
Several methods within the vulnerable ActiveX control (CLSID
B49C4597-8721-4789-9250-315DFBD9F525) were found to be vulnerable to
stack-based buffer overflows. In each case, variable length attacker
supplied data is copied into a fixed-size stack buffer using the
strcpy() function. Since no input validation is performed, it is
possible to corrupt stack memory, resulting in an exploitable
Exploitation allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context
of the user viewing a malicious web page. In order to be successful, the
attacker must persuade a user with the vulnerable control installed into
viewing a malicious web page. No further interaction is required.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version
188.8.131.52 of America Online's AmpX.dll. Other versions are suspected to
In order to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, an administrator
can set the kill-bit for the vulnerable control. While this does not fix
the vulnerability, it does prevent the control from being loaded in
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
"An updated version of AOL Radio with enhanced security features is now
available. AOL recommends that you download and install the update to
get the best and most secure performance from AOL Radio. If you use AIM
or other AOL software, you will automatically receive a prompt to update
AOL Radio and you do not need to download and install this update now.
Otherwise, please download the update from the URL below and
double-click on the file to finish updating AOL Radio:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5755 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
04/24/2007 Initial vendor notification
04/24/2007 Initial vendor response
11/09/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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