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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   AOL Vendors:   America Online, Inc.
AOL Radio Buffer Overflow in AmpX ActiveX Control Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018929
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-5755   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Nov 9 2007
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): AmpX.dll version
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in an ActiveX control used by AOL Radio. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create specially crafted HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will trigger a buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Several buffer overflows exist.

The CLSID of the vulnerable control is: B49C4597-8721-4789-9250-315DFBD9F525

The vendor was notified on April 24, 2007.

This vulnerability was reported via iDefense.

Impact:   A remote user can create HTML that, when loaded by the target user, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix for AOL Radio, available at:

The fix will be automatically downloaded when the user accesses AOL or AIM (after a prompt).

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07: AOL AmpX ActiveX Control Multiple

iDefense Security Advisory 11.09.07
Nov 09, 2007


America Online's AmpX is an ActiveX control associated with AOL Radio.
It is typically used for embedding streaming audio content in web
pages. For more information visit the following URL.


Remote exploitation of multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in AOL's
AmpX ActiveX control could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code
with the credentials of the user visiting a malicious website.

Several methods within the vulnerable ActiveX control (CLSID
B49C4597-8721-4789-9250-315DFBD9F525) were found to be vulnerable to
stack-based buffer overflows. In each case, variable length attacker
supplied data is copied into a fixed-size stack buffer using the
strcpy() function. Since no input validation is performed, it is
possible to corrupt stack memory, resulting in an exploitable


Exploitation allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code in the context
of the user viewing a malicious web page. In order to be successful, the
attacker must persuade a user with the vulnerable control installed into
viewing a malicious web page. No further interaction is required.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version of America Online's AmpX.dll. Other versions are suspected to
be vulnerable.


In order to prevent exploitation of this vulnerability, an administrator
can set the kill-bit for the vulnerable control. While this does not fix
the vulnerability, it does prevent the control from being loaded in
Internet Explorer.


"An updated version of AOL Radio with enhanced security features is now
available. AOL recommends that you download and install the update to
get the best and most secure performance from AOL Radio. If you use AIM
or other AOL software, you will automatically receive a prompt to update
AOL Radio and you do not need to download and install this update now.
Otherwise, please download the update from the URL below and
double-click on the file to finish updating AOL Radio:"


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5755 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


04/24/2007  Initial vendor notification
04/24/2007  Initial vendor response
11/09/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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