SEC Consult Security Advisory < 20081016-0 >
======================================================================= title: Remote command execution in Instant Expert
Analysis signed Java applet and signed ActiveX
program: Instant Expert Analysis
vendor: Husdawg, LLC
by: David Matscheko / SEC Consult / www.sec-consult.com
Instant Expert Analysis is a patent-pending technology that allows
websites to have a one-click method for rapidly analyzing a users
hardware and software. The results are then instantaneously compared
to a comprehensive database of requirements.
Instant Expert Analysis has been proven effective by millions of
users on sites run by NVIDIA, Activision, Electronic Arts UK, Eidos,
CNET, IGN, and AMD.
Instant Expert Analysis uses a signed Java applet for Firefox or
Netscape browsers and a signed ActiveX plugin for Internet Explorer.
Both applets allow an attacker to download and execute arbitrary
applications when the user visits an infected website.
If the user already accepted the applet on a valid site, no user
interaction is needed to perform this attack! Because the applets
are signed by a trustet source, the browsers default behavior is to
ask only the first time.
The init method of the sysreqlab2.jar or the sysreqlab2.cab can be
The applet then downloads and executes a dll file from
The dll file loads a setup_abc.exe, a setup_mz_abc.exe, or a
setup_ie_abc.exe from the location that has been stated in the init
method (e.g. the attackers website) and executes it.
Proof of concept:
The attacker can serve the following files from any host:
The setup_*.exe files are the trojan applications.
== The full proof of concept has been removed from the public version of
this advisory. =
No version information could be found for the affected files.
Vendor contact timeline:
2008-05-08: Vulnerability information sent to vendor
2008-06-20: We got informed that the main component has been updated,
and a kill bit process has been initialized with Microsoft.
2008-08-13: Received E-Mail from vendor that a case has been opened by
2008-10-13: SEC Consult requests an update from Husdawg on how
the killbit process is going and informs Husdawg that a
public advisory will be released on October 20th 2008.
2008-10-14: An US CERT vulnerability note is released, crediting Andre
Protas of eEye Digital Security and Greg Linares. SEC
Consult has not been prenotified about the release and has
not been credited by the vendor or other parties involved.
Block the ActiveX plugin from "Husdawg, LLC" and don't run it.
Remove the Certificate of the Java applet from "Husdawg, LLC" from
Control Panel / Java / Security / Certificates / Trusted Certificates
and don't allow the applet to run.
An update is available from the vendor:
Additionally, the killbit for the affected ActiveX component has been
set by Microsoft:
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EOF David Matscheko / @2008