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Airscanner Mobile Security Advisory #05083102 Spb Kiosk Engine Program Bypass
From: contact.removethis () removethis airscanner com
Date: 28 Dec 2005 20:03:59 -0000

Airscanner Mobile Security Advisory #05083102:
Spb Kiosk Engine Program Bypass

Kiosk Engine

Tested on Windows Mobile Pocket PC 2003

Mobile device running Windows Mobile Pocket PC with Kiosk Engine installed

Seth Fogie
Airscanner Mobile Security
Mobile Antivirus Researchers Association
August 30 2005

Risk Level:
Medium. Local attacker gains unauthorized control over device.

Spb Kiosk Engine allows you to run your custom application(s) in kiosk mode. In this mode, the target applications are 
the only ones that can be used on a specific Pocket PC device.

The core Kiosk Engine is executed from the \windows\startup folder when the PDA boots. This ensures that the device is 
locked down and basically keeps a person from using other programs on the PDA. However, it is still possible to execute 
programs via 'features' of the running appliaction (eg. Pocket Word will execute programs via hyperlink - 
file://\windows\calc.exe). In addition, autorun is still enabled on the devices, which allows anyone with a SD Card or 
CF card to execute their own code on the device. Using this backdoor, we were able to overwrite the administrator 
passcode and alternately, remove the KioskEngine software altogether.

Disable autorun on the device by placing an autorun.exe file in the \windows directory with read-only options.

Vendor Response
Waiting response.

Weblinks for advisories 05083101 and 05083102 


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