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Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center ActiveX Control ProgColor Buffer Overflow Vulnerability



Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center is a web-based interface that allows managers to automate software quality testing. More information is available at URL shown below.


Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in an ActiveX control installed by Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center could allow for the execution of arbitrary code.

Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center installs the following ActiveX control which is registered as safe for scripting.

 Progid: SPIDERLib.Loader Clsid: 98C53984-8BF8-4D11-9B1C-C324FCA9CADE File: C:WINDOWSDownloaded Program FilesSpider90.ocx 

This control contains an exploitable stack based buffer overflow in the "ProgColor" property. By setting this property to an overly long value, a buffer overflow will occur.


Exploitation of this vulnerability allows for the execution of arbitrary code.

The target ActiveX Control is part of the Mercury Quality Center web application which runs on port 8080 by default. Any user which can remotely log into the web application will have to install the vulnerable control.


iDefense has confirmed this vulnerability in the control that is installed with the 9.0 version of Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center. The vulnerable ActiveX control is version


Setting the kill-bit for this control will prevent it from being loaded within Internet Explorer. However, doing so will prevent legitimate use of the control.


Hewlett-Packard Mercury has addressed this vulnerability by releasing patches. For more information consult HP Document ID c00901872 via the URL shown below.


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not been assigned yet.


02/16/2007 Initial vendor notification
02/16/2007 Initial vendor response
04/02/2007 Forced public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Eric Detoisien, and Titon & Ri0t of Bastard Labs.

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