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Vulnerability Alert

Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream Remote Object Instantiation Vulnerability

 
Threat Type:
IntelliShield ID:18726
Version:15
First Published:2009 July 28 19:15 GMT
Last Published:2010 October 13 16:00 GMT
Port: Not available
CVE:CVE-2009-2493
BugTraq ID:35828
Urgency:Unlikely Use
Credibility:Confirmed
Severity:Moderate Damage
CVSS Base:9.3 CVSS Calculator
CVSS Version 2.0
CVSS Temporal:6.9
 
Version Summary:Sun has released a security notification and patches to address the Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability.
 
 
Description

The Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass security restrictions and execute arbitrary code.

The vulnerability is in products that have been made using the Visual Studio Active Template Library.? Such applications may contain code that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass security restrictions and execute arbitrary code.?? The attacker would need to build a malicious website and?persuade a targeted user to view it.? This action could allow the attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.

Microsoft has confirmed this vulnerability and released software updates.

 
Warning Indicators

The following products are affected:

  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2002 SP3 and prior
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 SP3 and prior
  • Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 SP2 and prior
  • Microsoft Visio Viewer 2002
  • Microsoft Visio Viewer 2003
  • Microsoft Visio Viewer 2007 SP1 and SP2
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 SP1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SP1
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SP1 64-bit Hosted Visual C++ Tools
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and prior
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 and prior
  • Internet Explorer 5.01 SP4 and prior
  • Internet Explorer 6 SP2 and prior
  • Windows 2000 SP4 and prior
  • Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • Windows XP SP3 and prior
  • Windows XP Professional x64 Edition SP2 and prior
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2 and prior
  • Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition SP2 and prior
  • Windows Server 2003 for Itanium-based Systems SP2 and prior
  • Windows Vista SP2 and prior
  • Windows Vista x64 Edition SP2 and prior
  • Windows Server 2008 for 32-bit Systems SP2 and prior
  • Windows Server 2008 for x64-based Systems SP2 and prior
  • Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems SP2 and prior

 
IntelliShield Analysis

This vulnerability primarily concerns developers of components and controls because it is a vulnerability that is included in public libraries that are distributed in Microsoft Visual Studio.? Developers of software that include Active Template Library code may have introduced this vulnerability into their software.?

Developers are encouraged to contact the Microsoft Developer Network for more information on how to identify vulnerable code and take corrective action for their software.

To exploit the vulnerability, an attacker will need to lure a targeted user into visiting a malicious website.? This action will typically require the use of social engineering tactics, such as sending a link to the site via e-mail, instant messaging, or other forms of communication.

The Cisco Applied Intelligence team has created an Applied Mitigation Bulletin to address vulnerabilities that Microsoft disclosed in the August 2009 security bulletin release.? This Cisco bulletin, which assists administrators in identifying or mitigating these vulnerabilities using Cisco devices, is available at the following link: Cisco Applied Mitigation Bulletin: Microsoft Security Bulletin Release for August 2009?

 
Vendor Announcements

Microsoft has released security bulletins at the following links: MS09-035, MS09-037, MS09-060, and MS09-072

Adobe has released security advisories at the following links: APSA09-04, APSB09-10, and APSB09-11

Attachmate has released technical notes at the following links: 2471 and 2446

F5 Networks has released a security advisory for registered users at the following link: SOL10441

HP has released a security bulletin c01997644 at the following link: HPSBMA02488 SSRT100013

IBM has released a security alert at the following link: CVE-2009-2493

OpenOffice.org has released a security advisory at the following link: CVE-2009-2493

Sun has released an alert notification at the following link: 264648

Sun has released a security notification at the following link: CVE-2009-2493

US-CERT has released a vulnerability note at the following link: VU#456745

 
Impact

An unauthenticated, remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.? If the user holds administrative rights, this could result in a full system compromise.

 
Technical Information

The vulnerability exists in the OleLoadFromStream of the Visual Studio Active Template Library and could allow a web page to bypass security restrictions and instantiate a COM object even if it has the kill bit set for Internet Explorer.? An unauthenticated, remote attacker could create a malicious web page designed to exploit this vulnerability.? By luring a targeted user into visiting the website, the attacker could instantiate arbitrary COM objects, bypassing security controls built into Internet Explorer.? Many COM objects have methods that are unsafe for use in Internet Explorer.? One or more of these could be instantiated and leveraged to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user.

The Industry Consortium for the Advancement of Security on the Internet (ICASI) is collaborating with a third party to offer a scanning service to help developers identify potential vulnerabilities in their code.? More information is available at the following link: ICASI

 
Safeguards

Administrators are advised to apply the appropriate updates.

Users should verify that unsolicited links are safe to follow.

Administrators are advised to monitor affected systems.

Additional mitigations can be found in this document from Microsoft: 973882

 
Patches/Software

Microsoft customers can obtain updates directly by using the links in the security bulletin.  These updates are also distributed by Windows automatic update features and available on the Windows Update website.  Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Systems Management Server, and System Center Configuration Manager can assist administrators in deploying software updates.

Adobe has released updated software at the following links:

Shockwave Player 11.5.1.601
Adobe Flash Player 10.0.32.18
Adobe Flash Player 9.0.246.0
Adobe AIR 1.5.2
Adobe Reader 9.1.3 for Windows
Adobe Reader 9.1.3 for MAC
Adobe Reader 9.1.3 for Unix
Acrobat Standard and Pro 9.1.3 for Windows
Acrobat Pro Extended 9.1.3 for Windows
Acrobat Pro 9.1.3 for Mac

Attachmate had released updated software at the following links: Reflection for Secure IT Windows Client 7.1 Service Pack 2 and Reflection for Secure IT Windows Server 7.1 Service Pack 2

F5 Networks has released updated software for registered users at the following link: F5

HP has released updated software at the following link: HP ProLiant Support Pack 8.40 for Windows

OpenOffice.org has released updated software at the following link: OpenOffice 3.2

Sun has released updated software at the following links:

JDK and JRE 6 Update 15
JRE 6 Update 15
JDK and JRE 5.0 Update 20
Java SE for Business

Sun has released patches for StarOffice/StarSuite for relevant platforms at the following link: CVE-2009-2493


Signatures
 
Cisco Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) 6.0
Signature IDSignature NameReleaseLatest Release Date
20059/0Microsoft Internet Explorer KillBit BypassS4222009 Aug 04 
20059/1Microsoft Internet Explorer KillBit BypassS4222009 Aug 04 
20059/2Microsoft Internet Explorer KillBit BypassS4222009 Aug 04 
 
Alert History
 

Version 14, April 27, 2010, 1:00 PM: HP has released a security bulletin and updated software to address the Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability.

Version 13, March 23, 2010, 8:39 AM: F5 Networks has released a security advisory and updated software to address the Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability.

Version 12, February 12, 2010, 3:47 PM: OpenOffice.org has released a security advisory and updated software to address the Microsoft Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

Version 11, December 8, 2009, 2:49 PM: Microsoft has released an additional advisory to address the Microsoft Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

Version 10, November 5, 2009, 11:03 AM: Microsoft has re-released a security bulletin with corrected information that indicates Visio Viewer version 2007 is not affected unless SP1 or SP2 has been applied.

Version 9, October 13, 2009, 2:54 PM: Microsoft has released an additional security bulletin and software updates to address the Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook and the Visio Viewer.

Version 8, October 9, 2009, 4:19 PM: Attachmate has released technical notes and updated software to address the Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability in Microsoft Visual Studio.

Version 7, August 27, 2009, 1:06 PM: IBM has released a security alert to address the Microsoft Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

Version 6, August 11, 2009, 3:16 PM: Microsoft has released a security bulletin and software updates to address the Microsoft Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

Version 5, August 6, 2009, 3:15 PM: Sun has released an alert notification and updated software to address the Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability.

Version 4, August 3, 2009, 2:10 PM: Adobe has re-released a security advisory and updated software to address the Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability.

Version 3, July 31, 2009, 10:00 AM: Adobe has released an additional security advisory and updated software to address the Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability.

Version 2, July 29, 2009, 5:10 PM: Adobe has released two security advisories and updated software to address the Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library OleLoadFromStream remote object instantiation vulnerability.  Additional technical information is also available.

Version 1, July 28, 2009, 3:15 PM: The Microsoft Visual Studio Active Template Library contains a vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to bypass security restrictions and execute arbitrary code.  Updates are available.



Product Sets
 
The security vulnerability applies to the following combinations of products.

Primary Products:
Microsoft, Inc.Visual C++ 2005 SP1 | 2008 Base, SP1
Microsoft, Inc.Visual Studio .NET 2003 SP1 | 2005 SP1 | 2008 Base, SP1

Associated Products:
AdobeAcrobat Professional 9.0 .0 | 9.1 .0, .1, .2
AdobeAcrobat Professional Extended 9.0 .0 | 9.1 .0, .1, .2
AdobeAcrobat Reader 9.0 .0 | 9.1 .0, .1, .2
AdobeAcrobat Standard 9.0 .0 | 9.1 .0, .1, .2
AdobeAdobe Flash Player 9.0.16.0 Base | 9.0.20.0 Base | 9.0.45.0 Base | 9.0.47.0 Base | 9.0.48.0 Base | 9.0.115.0 Base | 9.0.124.0 Base | 9.0.151.0 Base | 9.0.159.0 Base | 10.0 Base | 10.0.22.87 Base
AdobeAdobe Integrated Runtime (AIR) 1.0 .0, .1 | 1.1 .0 | 1.5 .0, .1
AdobeShockwave Player 11.5 Base, 0.596, 0.600
Attachmate Corp.Reflection for Secure IT Windows Client 7.1 Base
Attachmate Corp.Reflection for Secure IT Windows Server 7.1 Base, SP1
F5 Networks, Inc.BIG-IP SAM version (Secure Access Manager) 8.0 Base
F5 Networks, Inc.FirePass Controller 5.5 Base, .1, .2 | 6.0 .0, .1, .2, .3
FreeBSD ProjectFreeBSD 6.4 Base | 7.1 Base | 7.2 Base | 8.0 Base
HPProLiant Support Pack 8.30 Base
IBMJava Development Kit (JDK) 5.0 Base, SR1, SR2, SR3, SR4, SR5, SR5a, SR6, SR7, SR8, SR8a, SR9, SR10 | 6.0 Base, SR1, SR2, SR3, SR4, SR5
Microsoft, Inc.Internet Explorer 5.01 Base, SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4 | 6.0 Base, SP1, SP2
Microsoft, Inc.Outlook 2002 Base, SP1, SP2, SP3 | 2003 Base, SP1, SP2, SP3 | 2007 Base, SP1
Microsoft, Inc.Visio Viewer 2002 Base | 2003 Base | 2007 SP1, SP2
Microsoft, Inc.Windows 2000 Advanced Server Base, SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4 | Professional Base, SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4 | Server Base, SP1, SP2, SP3, SP4
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Datacenter Edition, 64-bit (Itanium) Base, SP1, SP2 | Datacenter Edition x64 (AMD/EM64T) Base, SP2 | Enterprise Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Enterprise Edition, 64-bit (Itanium) Base, SP1, SP2 | Enterprise Edition x64 (AMD/EM64T) Base, SP2 | Standard Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Standard Edition, 64-bit (Itanium) Base, SP1, SP2 | Standard Edition x64 (AMD/EM64T) Base, SP2 | Web Edition Base, SP1, SP2
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Datacenter Edition, 64-bit Base, SP1, SP2 | Itanium-Based Systems Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Enterprise Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Enterprise Edition, 64-bit Base, SP1, SP2 | Essential Business Server Standard Base, SP1, SP2 | Essential Business Server Premium Base, SP1, SP2 | Essential Business Server Premium, 64-bit Base, SP1, SP2 | Standard Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Standard Edition, 64-bit Base, SP1, SP2 | Web Server Base, SP1, SP2 | Web Server, 64-bit Base, SP1, SP2
Microsoft, Inc.Windows Vista Home Basic Base, SP1, SP2 | Home Premium Base, SP1, SP2 | Business Base, SP1, SP2 | Enterprise Base, SP1, SP2 | Ultimate Base, SP1, SP2 | Home Basic x64 Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Home Premium x64 Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Business x64 Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Enterprise x64 Edition Base, SP1, SP2 | Ultimate x64 Edition Base, SP1, SP2
Microsoft, Inc.Windows XP Home Edition Base, SP1, SP2, SP3 | Professional Edition Base, SP1, SP2, SP3 | Professional x64 (AMD/EM64T) Base, SP2 | Media Center Edition 2005
OpenOffice.orgOpenOffice 3.0 .0, .1 | 3.1 Base
Oracle CorporationStarOffice 8 Base, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6, Update 7, Update 8, Update 9, Update 10, Update 11, Update 12, Update 13, Update 14, Update 15 | 9 Base, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3
Oracle CorporationStarSuite 8 Base, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6, Update 7, Update 8, Update 9, Update 10, Update 11, Update 12, Update 13, Update 14, Update 15 | 9 Base, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3
Sun Microsystems, Inc.Java Development Kit (JDK) 5.0.0 Base, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6, Update 7, Update 8, Update 9, Update 10, Update 11, Update 12, Update 13, Update 14, Update 15, Update 16, Update 17, Update 18, Update 19 | 6.0.0 Base, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6, Update 7, Update 10, Update 11, Update 12, Update 13, Update 14
Sun Microsystems, Inc.Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.4.2 Base, _01, _02, _03, _04, _05, _06, _07, _08, _09, _10, _11, _12, _13, _14, _15, _16, _17, _18, _19, _20, _21 | 5.0.0 Base, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6, Update 7, Update 8, Update 9, Update 10, Update 11, Update 12, Update 13, Update 14, Update 15, Update 16, Update 17, Update 18, Update 19 | 6.0 Base, Update 1, Update 2, Update 3, Update 4, Update 5, Update 6, Update 7, Update 10, Update 11, Update 12, Update 13, Update 14
Sun Microsystems, Inc.Java Software Development Kit (SDK) 1.4.2 Base, _01, _02, _03, _04, _05, _06, _07, _08, _09, _10, _11, _12, _13, _14, _15, _16, _17, _18, _19, _20, _21
Sun Microsystems, Inc.StarOffice 9 Base, Update 1, Update 2




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