The recent coverage of ASX Playlist issues seems somewhat strange.
For the uninitiated, here is a quick wrapup:
XMPlay ASX buffer overflow PoC code posted to milw0rm - 21 November
This PoC demonstrated an exploitable buffer overflow condition in the
handling of 'ref href' URIs. A CVE entry (CVE-2006-6063 - though
this only identifies the .m3u method of exploiting the vulnerability)
appears around the same time, and reporting is carried by the usual
third parties. With no fix present, this remains an effective 0-day
(plus, with existing malware targeting .asx files it could make for
interesting real-world use).
Windows Media Player DoS code posted to BugTraq - 22 November
Oddly, this code represented an almost exact duplicate of the buffer
overflow demonstrated the day before, only with the exploit payload
removed and replaced with a bunch of 'A's, and fails to draw much
interest from third parties. It isn't until eEye publishes data on
this issue (and increases the perceived threat posed) on their 0-day
reporting / information site that it attracts some attention from
other reporting parties (such as FrSIRT on 7 December), though uptake
Leaving Chinese Soup's critique (BugTraq) of eEye's analysis aside
(why they haven't identified on the XMPlay vulnerability is another
question), users need to be aware that if they replace WMP with
XMPlay as the default handler of .asx content, then they are
potentially creating a much riskier environment than if they accept
the current DoS risk against their platform.
If this particular code release had appropriate accompanying
documentation, it would be possible to work out whether it is a
derivative of the earlier code, or fortuitous timing on something
Criticism has been recently levelled against third party reporting
bodies for failing to adequately investigate reports (after one of
the recent MoKB OS X corrupted .dmg file handling errors), and the
way that information is flowing between, and being distributed by,
third party reporting bodies in this case is showing similar patterns.
- There is a known 0-day targeting a vulnerability in XMPlay's
handling of malicious .asx (and other content types) data passed via
'ref href' that can lead to arbitrary code execution.
- There is a known DoS targeting WMP that is exploited via a long
string passed via 'ref href' and using the .asx media type
- There has been no proven link between the two disclosures
- It has yet to be shown that the WMP vulnerability leads to
arbitrary code execution
- The advice to replace WMP as the default .asx filetype handler
can lead to an increased security risk if the replacement application
is XMPlay (accepting arbitrary code execution in an effort to avoid a
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