May 9th, 2002, 01:42 AM
Another MSN Messenger hole
MSN Messenger OCX Buffer Overflow
High (Remote code execution)
Microsoft MSN Chat Control
Microsoft MSN Messenger 4.5 and 4.6, which includes the MSN Chat control Microsoft Exchange Instant Messenger 4.5 and 4.6, which includes the MSN Chat control
A vulnerability has been discovered in the parameter handling of the MSN Messenger OCX. By exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker can supply and execute code on any machine on which MSN Messenger with the activex is installed.
The vulnerability exists because of how MSN Messenger handles data passed to it which can lead to a buffer overflow scenario. The buffer overflow can be exploited via email, web, or through any other method where Internet Explorer is used to display HTML that an attacker supplies, including software that uses the web browser ActiveX control.
All users of Internet Explorer are potentially affected because this is a Microsoft signed OCX. Users that have not installed Microsoft Messenger or that have not upgraded Microsoft Messenger can only be affected if they accept the pop-up "Install Now" signed by Microsoft. All Internet Explorer users should install the update.
<object classid="clsid:9088E688-063A-4806-A3DB-6522712FC061" width="455" height="523"> <param name="_cx" value="12039"> <param name="_cy" value="13838"> <param name="BackColor" value="50331647"> <param name="ForeColor" value="43594547"> <param name="RedirectURL" value=""> <param name="ResDLL" value="AAAAAAA[27,257 bytes is where the EIP starts]"> </object>
MSNChat ocx is an ActiveX object installed with Microsoft Messenger. Proper bounds checking is not in place in the ResDLL parameter. By supplying a very large buffer, we can overwrite a significant portion of the stack, including saved return addresses and exception handlers.
Even if users do not have Messenger installed, the ActiveX can be called from the codebase tag which would prompt the user to install the ActiveX with Microsoft's credentials because the OCX is signed by Microsoft.
Vulnerability identifier: CAN-2002-0155
Microsoft has released a security bulletin and patch. For more information
Discovery: Drew Copley
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this is getting real ugly
May 9th, 2002, 01:45 AM
it really is... Thanks for the update though!
May 12th, 2002, 06:05 AM
Do this surprise me??? Nope not one bit.... Everything Mircosoft sucks......
I want to see a redhat or slackware messanger.....