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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   CDDBControl Vendors:   Gracenote
Gracenote CDDBControl ActiveX Control Buffer Overflow Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1016389
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2006-3134   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jun 27 2006
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in CDDBControl. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a buffer overflow in the Gracenote CDDBControl ActiveX control and execute arbitrary code on the target user's system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user. A large string supplied as an option to the control can trigger the flaw.

The vendor was notified on April 17, 2006.

Peter Vreugdenhil discovered this vulnerability.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a patch.
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] ZDI-06-019: GraceNote CDDBControl ActiveX Buffer

ZDI-06-019: GraceNote CDDBControl ActiveX Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
June 27, 2006

-- CVE ID:

-- Affected Vendor:

-- Affected Products:
CDDBControl ActiveX Control

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since April  3, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4278. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS: 

-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
systems that have some versions of the GraceNote CDDBControl ActiveX
object installed. There is a buffer overflow in an ActiveXObject
registered by several products that use the Gracenote CDDB for CD
information lookup. The ActiveX Object is commonly registered as safe
and can be accessed from a malicious web site.

The specific flaw exists when a large string is supplied as an option
for the instantiated control. An attacker can gain control of the
process leading to arbitrary code execution.

-- Vendor Response:
Recently, a security vulnerability was found within a limited number of
our products. This is the first time we have been made aware of any
security vulnerability, and to date we have not received any reports of
end users being affected by this issue.  As soon as this vulnerability
was detected Gracenote took immediate action and followed every
required step to address this matter.  As a solution, we have developed
a software patch which is being provided to all of our affected
customers and they will be working through their normal channels and
processes to alert end-users and to update and fix affected

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.04.17 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.04.03 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.06.27 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by Peter Vreugdenhil.

-- About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI):
Established by TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, The Zero Day Initiative
(ZDI) represents a best-of-breed model for rewarding security
researchers for responsibly disclosing discovered vulnerabilities.

Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research
through the ZDI can find more information and sign-up at:

The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is used.
3Com does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any exploit code.
Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor, 3Com provides its
customers with zero day protection through its intrusion prevention
technology. Explicit details regarding the specifics of the
vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor
patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of
helping to secure a broader user base, 3Com provides this vulnerability
information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors)
who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product.

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