TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

NetIQ Security Solutions for ISeries NetIQExecObject.NetIQExec.1 SafeShellExecute Stack Buffer Overflow Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-15-340: July 14th, 2015


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Affected Vendors

Affected Products

TippingPoint™ IPS Customer Protection

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of NetIQ Security Solutions for ISeries. 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 NetIQExecObject.NetIQExec.1 ActiveX Control. By providing overly long arguments to the SafeShellExecute function, an attacker can overflow fixed size stack buffers and execute arbitrary code in the context of the browser.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2015-01-27 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2015-07-14 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Andrea Micalizzi (rgod)