TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

GraceNote CDDBControl ActiveX Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

ZDI-07-021: April 19th, 2007


Affected Vendors


Affected Products

TippingPoint™ IPS Customer Protection

TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 4278. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of GraceNote's CDDBControl ActiveX Control. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page.

The specific flaw exists due to a buffer overflow in an ActiveX control registered by several products that use Gracenote CDDB for CD information lookup. The ActiveX control is commonly registered as safe and can be accessed from a malicious web site. The buffer overflow is triggered when long values are specified for various Proxy configuration parameters.

Vendor Response

GraceNote has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2006-09-01 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2007-04-19 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Peter Vreugdenhil