Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center ActiveX Control ProgColor Buffer
iDefense Security Advisory 04.02.07
Apr 02, 2007
Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center is a web-based interface that
allows managers to automate software quality testing. More information
is available at URL shown below.
Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in an ActiveX
control installed by Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center could allow
for the execution of arbitrary code.
Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality Center installs the following ActiveX
control which is registered as safe for scripting.
File: C:\WINDOWS\Downloaded Program Files\Spider90.ocx
This control contains an exploitable stack based buffer overflow in the
"ProgColor" property. By setting this property to an overly long value,
a buffer overflow will occur.
Exploitation of this vulnerability allows for the execution of arbitrary
The target ActiveX Control is part of the Mercury Quality Center web
application which runs on port 8080 by default. Any user which can
remotely log into the web application will have to install the
iDefense has confirmed this vulnerability in the control that is
installed with the 9.0 version of Hewlett-Packard Mercury Quality
Center. The vulnerable ActiveX control is version 126.96.36.19953.
Setting the kill-bit for this control will prevent it from being loaded
within Internet Explorer. However, doing so will prevent legitimate use
of the control.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Hewlett-Packard Mercury has addressed this vulnerability by releasing
patches. For more information consult HP Document ID c00901872 via the
URL shown below.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
02/16/2007 Initial vendor notification
02/16/2007 Initial vendor response
04/02/2007 Forced public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Eric Detoisien, and Titon
& Ri0t of Bastard Labs.
Get paid for vulnerability research
Free tools, research and upcoming events
X. LEGAL NOTICES
Copyright =A9 2007 iDefense, Inc.
Permission is granted for the redistribution of this alert
electronically. It may not be edited in any way without the express
written consent of iDefense. If you wish to reprint the whole or any
part of this alert in any other medium other than electronically,
please e-mail email@example.com for permission.
Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate
at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use
of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition.
There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the
author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct,
indirect, or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or
reliance on, this information.