TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Novell ZENWorks AdminStudio ISGrid.dll ActiveX Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-12-180: August 29th, 2012

CVSS Score

Affected Vendors

Affected Products

    ZENworks Admin Studio

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Novell ZENworks Admin Studio. 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 within the ISGrid.dll ActiveX control. The process performs insufficient bounds checking on user-supplied data passed in the DoFindReplace() method which results in heap corruption. This vulnerability can be leveraged to execute code under the context of the process.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2011-11-04 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2012-08-29 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod