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iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07: AOL AmpX ActiveX Control Multiple Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2007 16:33:50 -0500
iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07
Nov 09, 2007
America Online's AmpX is an ActiveX control associated with AOL Radio.
It is typically used for embedding streaming audio content in web
pages. For more information visit the following URL.
Remote exploitation of multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in AOL's
AmpX ActiveX control could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code
with the credentials of the user visiting a malicious website.
Several methods within the vulnerable ActiveX control (CLSID
B49C4597-8721-4789-9250-315DFBD9F525) were found to be vulnerable to
stack-based buffer overflows. In each case, variable length attacker
supplied data is copied into a fixed-size stack buffer using the
strcpy() function. Since no input validation is performed, it is
possible to corrupt stack memory, resulting in an exploitable
Exploitation allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context
of the user viewing a malicious web page. In order to be successful, the
attacker must persuade a user with the vulnerable control installed into
viewing a malicious web page. No further interaction is required.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version
188.8.131.52 of America Online's AmpX.dll. Other versions are suspected to
In order to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, an administrator
can set the kill-bit for the vulnerable control. While this does not fix
the vulnerability, it does prevent the control from being loaded in
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
"An updated version of AOL Radio with enhanced security features is now
available. AOL recommends that you download and install the update to
get the best and most secure performance from AOL Radio. If you use AIM
or other AOL software, you will automatically receive a prompt to update
AOL Radio and you do not need to download and install this update now.
Otherwise, please download the update from the URL below and
double-click on the file to finish updating AOL Radio:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5755 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
04/24/2007 Initial vendor notification
04/24/2007 Initial vendor response
11/09/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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