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iDefense Security Advisory 08.03.10: Citrix ICA Client ActiveX Memory Corruption Vulnerabillity
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Wed, 04 Aug 2010 18:41:54 -0400
iDefense Security Advisory 08.03.10
Aug 03, 2010
The Citrix ICA Client is an ActiveX control used to connect to a Citrix
XenApp (formerly Citrix Presentation Server) server via the browser.
Using this control allows clients to access the various features
provided by the application server, such as virtualized applications.
For more information, see the vendor's site found at the following
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Citrix
Systems Inc.'s ICA Client could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary
code with the privileges of the current user.
The vulnerability occurs in the IICAClient interface within the
ICAClient library in the control. This is the primary interface used to
implement the client's functionality.
The vulnerability occurs in a certain function, which is accessible
ICA (Independent Computing Architecture# file from the server.
Typically, the contents of this file are used to provide options
controlling the connection to the application gateway.
During the reading of this file, the vulnerable function fails to check
the return value of the realloc## function. It then adds the number of
bytes read from the file so far to the value returned, and appends file
data at this address. If this allocation fails, a NULL pointer #the
value 0) will be returned. This results in "0 + the number of bytes
read so far" being used as the destination address for writing file
data. This can lead to the corruption of memory at that address, which
results in the execution of arbitrary code.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the user viewing the web page. To exploit
this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious webpage
created by an attacker. An attacker typically accomplishes this via
social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted
sites. After the user visits the malicious web page, no further user
interaction is needed.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in ICA Client
versions 22.214.171.12410 and 126.96.36.199560. All versions of the Online
Plug-in for Windows up to version 12.0.3.
Setting the KillBit for the CLSID containing the vulnerable control will
prevent exploitation of this vulnerability. However, it will also
prevent legitimate use of the control. The CLSID is:
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Citrix has released a patch which addresses this issue. Information
about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
04/06/2010 Initial Contact
04/07/2010 Initial Response
08/03/2010 Coordinated public disclosure.
This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson, iDefense Labs.
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- iDefense Security Advisory 08.03.10: Citrix ICA Client ActiveX Memory Corruption Vulnerabillity iDefense Labs (Aug 05)