ZDI-07-021: GraceNote CDDBControl ActiveX Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
April 19, 2007
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
CDDBControl ActiveX Control
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since April 6, 2006 by a pre-existing Digital Vaccine
protection filter ID 4278. For further product information on the
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of GraceNote's CDDBControl ActiveX Control.
User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the
target must visit a malicious page.
The specific flaw exists due to a buffer overflow in an ActiveX control
registered by several products that use Gracenote CDDB for CD
information lookup. The ActiveX control is commonly registered as safe
and can be accessed from a malicious web site. The buffer overflow is
triggered when long values are specified for various Proxy
-- Vendor Response:
GraceNote has issued updates to correct this vulnerability. More details
can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.09.01 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.04.06 - Pre-existing Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint
2007.04.19 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by Peter Vreugdenhil.
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