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ZDI-12-098 : AOL Products dnUpdater ActiveX Uninitialized Pointer Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
From: ZDI Disclosures <zdi-disclosures () tippingpoint com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2012 21:04:07 +0000

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ZDI-12-098 : AOL Products dnUpdater ActiveX Uninitialized Pointer Remote
Code Execution Vulnerability
June 21, 2012

- -- CVE ID:

- -- CVSS:
7.5, AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P

- -- Affected Vendors:

America Online

- -- Affected Products:

America Online AOL Deskbar

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- -- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of America Online's Toolbar, Desktop, IM, and
winamp. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that
the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within the dnUpdater ActiveX Control. When
initializing the ActiveX control object, dnu.exe assumes the 5th argument
being used for the Init() method, to be a legitimate pointer to a function.
This vulnerability can be leveraged to execute code under the context of
the user.

- -- Vendor Response:
America Online has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:

- -- Disclosure Timeline:
2011-10-21 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2012-06-21 - Coordinated public release of advisory

- -- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:

* Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod

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