[NT] Microsoft Windows GDI+ Gradient Fill Heap Overflow Vulnerability
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Microsoft Windows GDI+ Gradient Fill Heap Overflow Vulnerability
The <http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms533797(VS.85).aspx> GDI+
library, or "GdiPlus.dll", "provides access to a number of graphics
methods, via a class-based API. Vector Markup Language (VML) is a
component of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) that specifies vector
images (e.g., rectangles and ovals) using the GDI+ API". Remote
exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in multiple versions of
Microsoft Corp.'s GDI+ could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code
within the context of the local user.
* Internet Explorer 7
* Internet Explorer 6
* VGX.DLL version 7.00.6000.20628
* VGX.DLL version 7.00.6000.16386
* VGX.DLL version 6.00.2900.3051
* VGX.DLL version 6.00.2900.2997
The vulnerability specifically exists in the memory allocation performed
by the GDI+ library. Certain malformed gradient fill input can cause the
application to corrupt the heap, potentially allowing arbitrary code
Exploitation of this vulnerability may allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code in the context of the current user. To exploit this
vulnerability, the attacker would need to convince a targeted user to
render a document with an application that utilizes the vulnerable GDI+
functions. This could be accomplished by persuading the user to follow a
link, view a document, or read an e-mail message.
In order to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, unregister or deny
access to vgx.dll and/or gdiplus.dll. Note that doing so will prevent
proper rendering of documents that rely on the affected component.
Microsoft has officially addressed this vulnerability with Security
Bulletin MS08-052. For more information, consult their bulletin at the
05/09/2007 - Initial vendor notification
05/09/2007 - Initial vendor response
09/09/2008 - Coordinated public disclosure
The information has been provided by
<mailto:idlabs-advisories@xxxxxxxxxxxx> iDefense Labs Security Advisories.
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