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Category:   Application (File Transfer/Sharing)  >   Akamai Download Manager Vendors:   Akamai Technologies
Akamai Download Manager Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019955
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-6339   (Links to External Site)
Date:  May 1 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Akamai Download Manager. 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 invoke the Download Manager and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target user.

Both the ActiveX control and Java applet versions of Download Manager are affected.

iDefense reported this vulnerability.

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 fixed version (, available at:

Users of the Java version will be upgraded automatically.

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Not specified
Underlying OS:  Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] Akamai Technologies Security Advisory 2008-0001

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Akamai Technologies Security Advisory 2008-0001

* Akamai ID:         2008-0001
* Date:              2008/04/30
* Product Name:      Download Manager
* Affected Versions: <
* Fixed Version:
* CVE IDs:           CVE-2007-6339
* CVSS Base Score:   (AV:R/AC:H/Au:NR/C:C/I:C/A:C/B:N) 8.0

* Product Description:

Akamai Download Manager is a client software application that helps
users download content easily, quickly, and reliably.  It is available
as an ActiveX component or Java applet and provides users the ability
to pause, resume downloading at a later time, and automatically
recover from dropped connections or system crashes.

* Vulnerability Description:

A security vulnerability has been discovered in versions prior to
of Akamai Download Manager.  For successful exploitation, this
vulnerability requires a user to be convinced to visit a malicious URL
put into place by an attacker. This may then lead to an unauthorized
download and automatic execution of arbitrary code run within the context
of the victim user.

This vulnerability exist only in the Download Manager client
software and does not affect Akamai's services in any way.

* Patch Instructions:

For ActiveX versions:
Affected users can upgrade to the latest version of Akamai Download
Manager by visiting the following web page:

Visiting that page or any other Download Manager enabled page will
prompt the user to install the latest version of the software
automatically.  Akamai has successfully coordinated with each of our
enterprise customers to ensure that all are distributing the patched

To verify the correct version is installed:

~ 1) In Internet Explorer, choose "Internet Options..." from the
~    "Tools" menu.

~ 2) Under the "General" tab, select "Settings..." from the "Temporary
~    Internet files" section.

~ 3) Select "View Objects..." from the "Temporary Internet files
~    folder" section.

~ 4) Find the item for "DownloadManager Control" and verify that the
~    version is "" or higher.

~ * If you wish to uninstall Download Manager, complete this last step:

~ 5) Find the item for "DownloadManager Control", right-click and
~    select "Remove".

~ 6) When prompted to confirm, choose "Yes".

For Java versions: The java version is not persistently installed. No
action is required by the user.

* Credit:

CVE-2007-6339 was independently discovered and brought to Akamai's
attention by iDefense (

* Additional Information:

* About Akamai:

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