McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot ActiveX control buffer overflow vulnerability

ID VU:714593
Type cert
Reporter CERT
Modified 2007-03-22T00:00:00



A vulnerability in an ActiveX control provided with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot software could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on an affected system.


The McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot are applications that are designed to allow centralized security management of multiple clients. Remote management of the ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot servers are done through a management console.

The ActiveX control SiteManager.Dll that is shipped with the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator and ProtectionPilot contains two functions that are vulnerable to stack based buffer overflows.

Note that SiteManager.Dllshould only be installed on systems that have used the McAfee management console.


By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause Internet Explorer (or the program using the WebBrowser control) to crash.


McAfee has released an upgrade to address this issue. See the McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO) and ProtectionPilot (PRP) HotFixes fix multiple vulnerabilities security bulletin for details about obtaining updated software.

Disable ActiveX

Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) appears to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the "Securing Your Web Browser" document.

Systems Affected

Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
McAfee| | -| 22 Mar 2007
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics

Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A


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Thanks to Fortinet Security Research and McAfee for information that was used in this report.

This document was written by Ryan Giobbi.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2007-1498
  • Date Public: 13 Mar 2007
  • Date First Published: 22 Mar 2007
  • Date Last Updated: 22 Mar 2007
  • Severity Metric: 6.00
  • Document Revision: 36