Oracle Outside In CorelDRAW file parser stack buffer overflow

ID VU:103425
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2014-04-28T00:00:00



Oracle Outside In contains a stack buffer overflow in the CorelDRAW parser, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.


Oracle Outside In is a set of libraries that can decode over 500 different file formats. Originally written by Stellent, Outside In is now part of Oracle. The Oracle Outside In libraries are used by a variety of applications, including Oracle Fusion Middleware, Google Search Appliance, Guidance Encase Forensics, AccessData FTK, and Novell Groupwise.

Outside In versions and and earlier fail to properly handle CorelDRAW data, which is handled by the imcdr2.flt library.


By causing an application to process a specially-crafted .CDR file with the Oracle Outside In library, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the vulnerable application. Depending on what application is using Outside In, this may happen as the result of some user interaction, such as single-clicking on a file, or it may happen with no user interaction at all.


Apply an update

These vulnerabilites are addressed in the Oracle Fusion Middleware Critical Patch Update July 2011. Please see Oracle Support Note 1323616.1 (valid Oracle CSI# required) for more details. If you are using an application that uses Outside In, please check with that application's vendor for updates. If updates for your application are not yet available, or if you wish to mitigate other vulnerabilities in Outside In, please consider the following workarounds:

Use the Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit

The Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) can be used to help prevent exploitation of this and other vulnerabilities.

Enable DEP in Microsoft Windows

Consider enabling Data Execution Prevention (DEP) in supported versions of Windows. DEP should not be treated as a complete workaround, but it can mitigate the execution of attacker-supplied code in some cases. Microsoft has published detailed technical information about DEP in Security Research & Defense blog posts "Understanding DEP as a mitigation technology" part 1 and part 2. DEP should be used in conjunction with the application of patches or other mitigations described in this document.

Note that when relying on DEP for exploit mitigation, it is important to use a system that supports Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) as well. ASLR is not supported by Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 or earlier. ASLR was introduced with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Please see the Microsoft SRD blog entry: On the effectiveness of DEP and ASLR for more details.

Vendor Information

Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
AccessData| | 30 Mar 2011| 03 Aug 2011
ACD Systems International| | -| 06 Jul 2012
Avantstar| | -| 19 Apr 2011
Cisco Systems, Inc.| | 18 Apr 2011| 27 Oct 2011
Google| | -| 01 Apr 2014
Guidance Software, Inc.| | 18 Apr 2011| 25 Jul 2011
Hewlett-Packard Company| | 19 Apr 2011| 10 May 2011
IBM Corporation| | 18 Apr 2011| 29 Jan 2014
Kamel Software| | 18 Apr 2011| 08 Aug 2011
kcura| | -| 08 Aug 2011
Kroll Ontrack Inc| | 21 Apr 2011| 10 May 2011
Lucion| | 22 Jul 2011| 26 Aug 2011
MarkLogic Corporation| | 08 Aug 2011| 26 Aug 2011
McAfee| | 21 Apr 2011| 04 May 2011
NewSoft America Inc| | 21 Apr 2011| 10 May 2011
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | 9.0 | AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:P
Temporal | 7.0 | E:POC/RL:OF/RC:C
Environmental | 7.1 | CDP:ND/TD:ND/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND



These vulnerabilities were reported by Will Dormann of the CERT/CC.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2011-2264
  • Date Public: 19 Jul 2011
  • Date First Published: 19 Jul 2011
  • Date Last Updated: 28 Apr 2014
  • Severity Metric: 17.71
  • Document Revision: 97