Trillian IRC and Display Engine Heap Overflows Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1017982|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1017982
(Links to External Site)
Updated: May 12 2008|
Original Entry Date: Apr 30 2007
Disclosure of user information, Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): prior to 188.8.131.52|
A vulnerability was reported in Trillian. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.|
A remote user can send a message containing an HTML font tag with a specially crafted 'face' attribute that will trigger a heap overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.
A remote user can create a specially crafted URL that, when highlighted by the target user within Trillian, will trigger a heap overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.
A remote system can send specially crafted CTCP PING messages containing UTF-8 characters to cause the target Trillian client to return some data to a remote user instead of the intended server.
The vendor was notified on January 24, 2007.
enhalos reported these vulnerabilities to iDefense.
A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.|
A remote user can obtain user information.
The vendor has issued a fixed version (184.108.40.206).|
The Cerulean advisory is available at:
Vendor URL: www.ceruleanstudios.com/ (Links to External Site)
Source Message Contents
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2007 15:14:40 -0400|
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 04.30.07: Cerulean Studios Trillian
Cerulean Studios Trillian Multiple IRC Vulnerabilities
iDefense Security Advisory 04.30.07
Apr 30, 2007
Cerulean Studios Trillian is a multi-protocol chat application that
supports IRC, ICQ, AIM and MSN protocols. More information can be found
on the vendor's site at the following URL.
Remote exploitation of multiple vulnerabilities in the Internet Relay
Chat (IRC) module of Cerulean Studios' Trillian could allow for the
interception of private conversations or execution of code as the
currently logged on user.
When handling long CTCP PING messages containing UTF-8 characters, it is
possible to cause the Trillian IRC client to return a malformed response
to the server. This malformed response is truncated and is missing the
terminating newline character. This could allow the next line sent to
the server to be improperly sent to an attacker.
When a user highlights a URL in an IRC message window Trillian copies
the data to an internal buffer. If the URL contains a long string of
UTF-8 characters, it is possible to overflow a heap based buffer
corrupting memory in a way that could allow for code execution.
A heap overflow can be triggered remotely when the Trillian IRC module
receives a message that contains a font face HTML tag with the face
attribute set to a long UTF-8 string.
Exploitation of this vulnerability allows remote attackers to intercept
private communications for Trillian IRC users or execute code with the
credentials of the currently logged on user.
In order to exploit the highlighted URL vulnerability, users would have
to highlight the malicious URL.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Cerulean
Studios Trillian 3.1.
iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workaround for this
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Cerulean Studios has addressed these vulnerabilities within version
220.127.116.11 of Trillian. For more information, visit their blog at the
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
01/24/2007 Initial vendor notification
01/30/2007 Initial vendor response
04/30/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
These vulnerabilities were reported to iDefense by enhalos.
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