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Microsoft Windows Media Services NMSA Session Description Object ActiveX control contains dangerous methods

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### Overview The Microsoft Windows Media Services NMSA Session Description Object ActiveX control fails to restrict access to dangerous methods. This vulnerability could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system. ### Description Microsoft Windows Media Services is a software package for Windows systems that provides the ability to stream Windows Media content. Included in the Windows Media Services package is an ActiveX control called NMSA Media Description Object, which is provided by the file `mdsauth.dll`. This ActiveX control, which is marked "Safe for scripting" via the [`iObjectSafety`](<http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Aa768225.aspx>) interface, includes methods that can be used to overwrite arbitrary files with attacker-provided content. The vulnerable control comes with Windows Media Services 4.1, including the Windows Media Administrator software. Other software may also include the vulnerable control. --- ### Impact By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), an attacker can overwrite arbitrary files. This may allow the attacker to be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. --- ### Solution **Apply an update** Microsoft has addressed this issue in Microsoft Security Bulletin [MS07-027](<http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-027.mspx>). Users should review this bulletin and apply the patches it refers to. --- **Workarounds** **Disable the NMSA Session Description Object ActiveX control in Internet Explorer** The vulnerable ActiveX control can be disabled in Internet Explorer by setting the kill bit for the following CLSID: `{D4FE6227-1288-11D0-9097-00AA004254A0}` More information about how to set the kill bit is available in [Microsoft Support Document 240797](<http://support.microsoft.com/kb/240797>). Alternatively, the following text can be saved as a `.REG` file and imported to set the kill bit for this control: `Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00` `[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{D4FE6227-1288-11D0-9097-00AA004254A0}]` `"Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400` **Disable ActiveX** Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) appears to prevent exploitation of this and other ActiveX vulnerabilities. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the "[Securing Your Web Browser](<http://www.us-cert.gov/reading_room/securing_browser/#Internet_Explorer>)" document. --- ### Vendor Information 500753 Filter by status: All Affected Not Affected Unknown Filter by content: __ Additional information available __ Sort by: Status Alphabetical Expand all **Javascript is disabled. Click here to view vendors.** ### Microsoft Corporation __ Affected Updated: May 10, 2007 ### Status Affected ### Vendor Statement We have not received a statement from the vendor. ### Vendor Information The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability. ### Addendum Microsoft has addressed this issue in Microsoft Security Bulletin [MS07-027](<http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-027.mspx>). Users should review this bulletin and apply the patches it refers to. If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us [email](<mailto:cert@cert.org?Subject=VU%23500753 Feedback>). ### CVSS Metrics Group | Score | Vector ---|---|--- Base | | Temporal | | Environmental | | ### References * <http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/ms07-027.mspx> * <http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/Aa768225.aspx> * <http://secunia.com/advisories/23769/> ### Acknowledgements This vulnerability was reported by Microsoft. Microsoft, in turn, acknowledges cocoruder of Fortinet Security Research for reporting this vulnerability to them. This document was written by Chad R Dougherty and Will Dormann. ### Other Information **CVE IDs:** | [CVE-2007-2221](<http://web.nvd.nist.gov/vuln/detail/CVE-2007-2221>) ---|--- **Severity Metric:** | 16.20 **Date Public:** | 2007-05-08 **Date First Published:** | 2007-05-10 **Date Last Updated: ** | 2007-05-10 15:21 UTC **Document Revision: ** | 8


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