iDefense Security Advisory 08.03.10: Citrix ICA Client ActiveX Memory Corruption Vulnerabillity

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2010-08-08T00:00:00


iDefense Security Advisory 08.03.10 Aug 03, 2010


The Citrix ICA Client is an ActiveX control used to connect to a Citrix XenApp (formerly Citrix Presentation Server) server via the browser. Using this control allows clients to access the various features provided by the application server, such as virtualized applications. For more information, see the vendor's site found at the following link.


Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Citrix Systems Inc.'s ICA Client could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the current user.

The vulnerability occurs in the IICAClient interface within the ICAClient library in the control. This is the primary interface used to implement the client's functionality.

The vulnerability occurs in a certain function, which is accessible through JavaScript. This function is responsible for reading a remote ICA (Independent Computing Architecture# file from the server. Typically, the contents of this file are used to provide options controlling the connection to the application gateway.

During the reading of this file, the vulnerable function fails to check the return value of the realloc## function. It then adds the number of bytes read from the file so far to the value returned, and appends file data at this address. If this allocation fails, a NULL pointer #the value 0) will be returned. This results in "0 + the number of bytes read so far" being used as the destination address for writing file data. This can lead to the corruption of memory at that address, which results in the execution of arbitrary code.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user viewing the web page. To exploit this vulnerability, a targeted user must load a malicious webpage created by an attacker. An attacker typically accomplishes this via social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted sites. After the user visits the malicious web page, no further user interaction is needed.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in ICA Client versions and All versions of the Online Plug-in for Windows up to version 12.0.3.


Setting the KillBit for the CLSID containing the vulnerable control will prevent exploitation of this vulnerability. However, it will also prevent legitimate use of the control. The CLSID is:



Citrix has released a patch which addresses this issue. Information about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs shown.


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not been assigned yet.


04/06/2010 Initial Contact 04/07/2010 Initial Response 08/03/2010 Coordinated public disclosure.


This vulnerability was discovered by Sean Larsson, iDefense Labs.

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