Novell ZENWorks Software Packaging Antique ActiveX Control Remote Code Execution VulnerabilityZDI-11-317: November 7th, 2011
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This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Novell ZENWorks. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.
The specific flaw exists due to the inclusion and usage of an antique ActiveX control (mscomct2.ocx: Tue Mar 14 18:39:28 2000). Though mscomct2.ocx has been killbitted, it is accessed by ZENWorks via an intermediate control (ISList.ISAvi) which is scriptable. Multiple vulnerabilities in mscomct2.ocx can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on the host system in the context of the browser.
Vendor ResponseNovell has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
2011-05-17 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2011-11-07 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CreditThis vulnerability was discovered by:
Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod