ZDI-06-021: WebEx Downloader Plug-in Code Execution Vulnerability
July 6, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
WebEx Downloader Plug-in (tested on v188.8.131.52)
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since April 3, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4274. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of the WebEx Downloader Plug-in. Successful
exploitation requires that the target user browse to a malicious web
The specific flaws exists due to the lack of input validation on
various ActiveX/Java control parameters and configuration directives.
The "GpcUrlRoot" and "GpcIniFileName" ActiveX/Java control parameters
allow an attacker to specify the location of a configuration file
containing further control directives. This allows an attacker to
transfer arbitrary files and executables to the target. The attacker
can then leverage available configuration directives to execute the
newly created executables thereby compromising the underlying system.
-- Vendor Response:
WebEx has addressed this issue in the latest release of the Downloader
plug-in. More informaton is available from the vendor advisory
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.04.03 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.04.11 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.07.06 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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