ZDI-07-012: Yahoo! Messenger AudioConf ActiveX Control Buffer Overflow
April 3, 2007
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Yahoo! Messenger 8.x
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since November 10, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4791. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Yahoo Messenger. User interaction is
required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a
The specific flaw exists within the ActiveX control Yahoo.AudioConf:
When large values are specified for the 'socksHostname' and 'hostname'
properties, and the createAndJoinConference() method is called, a stack
overflow occurs. Exploitation can result in code execution under the
context of the current user.
-- Vendor Response:
Yahoo has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details
can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.10.27 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.11.10 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2007.04.03 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by Peter Vreugdenhil.
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