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Gator installer Plugin allows any software to be installed
From: "obscure" <obscure () eyeonsecurity net>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2002 23:30:19 +0100
Advisory Title: Gator installer Plugin allows any software to be installed
Release Date: 21/01/2002
Application: Gator installer plugin for Internet Explorer (GAIN)
Platform: Windows clients with Internet Explorer.
DLL version - 18.104.22.168
Severity: Malicious users can install backdoor software and
gain easy access to the target machine.
[ obscure () eyeonsecurity net ]
Fills in FORMS without typing!
Remembers PASSWORDS automatically
Protects and encrypts your data on YOUR computer
Gator comes bundled .. etc
The vulnerabity exists in a plugin which installs the actual
software. This plugin is scriptable and an HTML page to specify
the location of the Gator installation. This activeX component
is usually installed from this page:
The issue here is that any HTML page can specify the location
of the Gator installation file. The
installation file is downloaded, then it is checked for the
filename. If the filename is setup.ex_, it is then decompressed
and executed. If the file is not compressed it will still execute
it. Of course using this method, a malicious user can easily create
an HTML page which makes use of the rogue ActiveX component to
point at a trojan file.
I set up a small demonstation which installs tini.exe
(which is a trojan listening on port 7777).
If you need any information about tini.exe check out
The exploit example is found at :
Simply delete the ActiveX component from
%windir%\Downloaded Program Files .. i think that should fix it.
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