Re: ROCKET SCIENCE: Outllook 2003
From: Fritz Öhman (techie_at_HOME.SE)
Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 12:18:34 +0200 To: NTBUGTRAQ@LISTSERV.NTBUGTRAQ.COM
Just noting that this does not work here, ie the file does not open
automatically. After changing settings, unchecking 'read mail as plain
text', I get a graphic saying 'malware' and an embedded object that, *when*
clicked (not automatically) plays a small video and then I get asked if I
want to save or run an untrusted .EXE.
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> Subject: ROCKET SCIENCE: Outllook 2003
> Monday, May 17, 2004
> Technical final step to 'silent delivery and installation of an
> executable on the target computer, no client input other than
> reading an email' this can be achieved with the highly
> touted 'secure-by-default' Outlook 2003 mail client from the
> craftsman known as 'Microsoft'.
> Default settings of the 'gadget' are: restricted zone which
> means no active x controls, no scripting, no file downloads etc.
> This can all very easily be bypassed by simply embedding in a
> rich text message our OLE object, one Windows Media Player. We
> then point our source url to our media file which includes or
> now run-of -the mill 0s url flip and simply by previewing or
> opening the email message invoke our device known as Internet
> Explorer to proxy our manipulation of the recipient's machine.
> In typical fashion despite the settings in the Windows Media
> Player being set to 'disallow' scripting in media files, despite
> Outlook 2003's 'highly' secure default setting of view html
> content in the so-called 'restricted zone'; it all still works !
> [screen shot: http://www.malware.com/rockitman.png 46KB]
> This now all automates our process and coupling it with our
> previous first step finding:
> all we need to do next is our second step and embed the entire
> package including the media file into the mail message and send
> it along its merry way.
> The whole Outlook 2003 'gadget' is broken.
> Working Example:
> Simply view the mail message:
> 1. Miserable selection of full screen = true can allow us to run
> our 'video' in WMP full screen mode. How about that: forget
> about html spam messages, now we have full screen video
> advertisements on opening the mail message.
> 2. Tested on XP, 2K3 POP mail client settings Outlook 2003,
> Exchange Server settings unknown at this time
> 3. Subject to initial WMP settings a notification of connection
> settings can pop up, however generally dismissed at first
> running of WMP along with neither yes or no selection having an
> effect [as usual].
> 4. Firewalls should flag Outlook itself trying to escape out on
> port 80. Nevertheless if all embedded no need for remote hosting.
> 5. Disable HTML settings or get another mail client [better of
> the two as below]
> 6. Lots more where this came from
> End Call
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