America Online 9.0 Security Edition builds upon Internet Explorer technology to offer its users enhanced security and usability features. More information can be found on the vendors site at the following url:
America Online 9.0 Security Edition ships with an ActiveX control which is marked as safe for scripting and contains a buffer overflow vulnerability which allows for the arbitrary execution of code.
When AOL 9.0 is installed, it registers the following ActiveX control on the system:
This control is registered as safe for scripting in IE and contains a buffer overflow in its AddPictureNoAlbum() method.
Exploitation of this vulnerability is trivial and allows for arbitrary execution of code as the currently logged in user. Users would need to be convinced to go to a malicious web site in order to be exploited.
This vulnerability has been verified in AOL Security Edition 9.0 with downloader plugin version 188.8.131.52
Disabling Active Scripting or unregistering the vulnerable control can prevent exploitation.
"All AOL software versions are affected by this issue.
1. Users of AOL 9.0 or AOL 9.0 Security Edition are recommended to log in to the AOL service and a fix will be seamlessly applied to their system.
2. Users using versions of AOL that are older than 9.0 are strongly recommended to upgrade to the latest version of AOL 9.0 Security Edition."
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2006-5502 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
10/12/2006 Initial vendor notification
10/23/2006 Initial vendor response
10/25/2006 Coordinated public disclosure
The vulnerability was discovered by Dennis Rand - CIRT.DK
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