[ISN] Microsoft Warns of Flaws in ActiveX Control

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Date: Fri Aug 23 2002 - 00:33:07 PDT

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    August 22, 2002 
    By Dennis Fisher 
    There are three security vulnerabilities in an ActiveX control
    included in several of Microsoft Corp.'s most popular applications
    that give an attacker the ability to execute code and read files on a
    remote machine.
    The flaw itself is in the Office Web Components (OWC) 2000 and 2002
    software, which is included with Office 2000 and XP, BackOffice Server
    2000, Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000 and several other
    Microsoft applications. With OWC, users get limited Office
    functionality in a Web browser without having to install the entire
    Office application.
    Each of the three vulnerabilities can be exploited either with a Web
    page or an HTML mail message. They are all the result of
    implementation errors in functions that the Active X controls expose.
    The flaw in the Host () function - which provides access to
    application object models on a user's system - could enable an
    attacker to open an Office application on a user's system and use
    commands that would execute operating-system commands as the user,
    Microsoft said in an advisory released Wednesday night.
    The LoadText () function is used to load text into a browser window.  
    The flaw allows an attacker to circumvent a safeguard that ensures Web
    pages can only load text that they host. An attacker can specify a
    text source within the Web page's domain and then use a server-side
    redirect of the text to a file on a user's system.
    The attacker could them read any file on the compromised machine. 
    There is also a problem in the Copy()/Paste() functions, which ignore 
    a security setting in Internet Explorer. The result is that an 
    attacker can access the copy buffer and read any text it contains. 
    The patch for these vulnerabilities is available here. [1]
    Other affected applications include BackOffice Server 2000, BizTalk 
    Server 2000 and 2002, Commerce Server 2000 and 2002, Money 2002 and 
    2003, Project 2000 and Project Server 2002 and Small Business Server 
    [1] http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/bulletin/MS02-044.asp
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