Advisory Details

January 30th, 2012

IBM SPSS mraboutb.dll ActiveX Control SetLicenseInfoEx Method Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-12-019
ZDI-CAN-1295

CVE ID CVE-2012-0188
CVSS SCORE 7.5, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:P/I:P/A:P)
AFFECTED VENDORS IBM
AFFECTED PRODUCTS SPSS
TREND MICRO CUSTOMER PROTECTION Trend Micro TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 11970. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: http://www.tippingpoint.com
VULNERABILITY DETAILS


This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of IBM SPSS. 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 SetLicenseInfoEx() method exposed by the mraboutb.dll ActiveX Control. String data supplied to the first parameter (strInstallDir) of SetLicenseInfoEx() is copied into a 256 byte global buffer without first checking the string length. This overflow can be exploited to remotely execute arbitrary code on the target system.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS IBM has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:
http://www-01.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21577956
DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
  • 2011-07-20 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
  • 2012-01-30 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CREDIT Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod
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