[NT] BitDefender Online Scanner 8 Double Decode Heap Overflow
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BitDefender Online Scanner 8 Double Decode Heap Overflow
eEye Digital Security has discovered a critical remote code execution
condition within OScan8.ocx and Oscan81.ocx included by default in
BitDefender Online Anti-Virus Scanner 8.0 released on May 24th 2006.
OScan.ocx is the main ActiveX component for BitDefender's Anti-Virus
Scanner and is initialized by Internet Explorer or any other ActiveX
compatible products. After this file is initialized, it generates the GUI
for the scanner and manages all User-issued commands. Oscan.ocx has also
an internal website verification system to prevent the ActiveX control
from being initialized outside of an authorized domain. Unfortunately due
to a lack of data-sanitization, OScan.ocx can be forced to be initialized
in an unsafe domain and it can be manipulated to corrupt arbitrary memory
locations with user supplied values. This could allow a memory corruption
scenario that would lead to arbitrary code execution or denial of service
A remote vulnerability lies within a malformed request sent to
BitDefender's Online Anti-Virus Scanner ActiveX Controller, OScan.ocx.
OScan.ocx's vulnerable function, InitX, is the only function that accepts
user-supplied data and is required to initialize the control for its use.
The function InitX takes a string argument value of bstrLocation and is
used to verify the calling domain. The IDL for InitX resembles the
ByVal bstrLocation as String
} As Boolean
This feature is used to safeguard the ActiveX control and prevent it from
being initialized outside of authorized domains. Users may submit requests
to host this control on their site and they are given an initialization
key. Referencing the BitDefender website you can see that their domain is
being processed with the following hex-value key:
After this domain key is processed and verified the control would
initialize and accept user commands and begin scanning files. However a
double-decoding vulnerability is present when processing Unicode values
passed to the vulnerable function as a domain key. This vulnerability is
triggered prior to the domain validation by prepending two "%" (0x25)
characters to domain key value. This causes OScan.ocx to double-encode the
parameter from Unicode and allocate arbitrary memory. By combining this
method with an overly long string, a heap-based memory corruption scenario
will result. This heap-overflow allows arbitrary values from the
user-supplied malformed string to overwrite memory within Internet
Explorer or the host ActiveX process. Although the attacker does not
control the location of where the memory overwrite occurs, the
vulnerability has a tendency to overwrite pointers that are later called
by Internet Explorer or the host ActiveX process and thus arbitrary code
execution is possible.
BitDefender has released an update mitigating this vulnerability in the
form of Oscan82.ocx. Users can download the updated Online BitDefender
Scanner Here: <http://www.bitdefender.com/scan8/ie.html>
Although the vulnerable ActiveX controls will still remain on a
workstation after revisiting the site, they are no longer referenceable.
The information has been provided by Greg Linares.
The original article can be found at:
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