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[Bkis-08-2009] Microchip MPLAB IDE Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Microchip MPLAB IDE Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

1. General Information

MPLAB IDE is a famous Integrated Development Environment (IDE) of Microchip (www.microchip.com) that provides a single integrated environment to develop applications for Microchip microcontrollers and digital signal controllers.

In March 2009, Bkis has just detected a vulnerability in this software. This vulnerability arises from the way MPLAB IDE processes IDE Project files with extension of .mcp. It could lead to a critical buffer overflow error that allows hackers to execute malicious code on users’ systems. We have submitted to vendor.

Details : http://security.bkis.vn/?p=654
Bkis Advisory : Bkis-08-2009.
Initial vendor notification : 15/03/2009
Release Date : 11/05/2009
Update Date : 11/05/2009
Discovered by : Le Duc Anh, Bkis.
Attack Type : Buffer Overflow.
Security Rating : High.
Impact : Code Execution.
Affected Software : Microchip MPLAB IDE 8.30 (Prior versions may also be affected).
PoC : http://security.bkis.vn/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/mplap_ide_poc.zip

2. Technical Description

MCP files are used to store essential information about a MPLAB IDE Project (in plain text). The software has not handled the file format well enough resulting in a critical security issue. Many fields in this file format might create buffer overflow error when set with an overly long value such as: [FILE_INFO], [CAT_FILTERS] ….

In order to exploit, a hacker might create a specially crafted .mcp file and trick users into using it. If successful, hackers can perform local attack, inject viruses, steal sensitive information and even take control of the victim’s system.

3. Solution

The vendor hasn’t fixed this vulnerability yet. Therefore, Bkis recommends that users be cautious with MPLAB IDE Project source from untrustworthy sources until the vendor release the patch.

Bkis (http://security.bkis.vn)