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iDefense Security Advisory 05.03.11: Tom Sawyer GET Extension Factory COM Object Instantiation Memory Corruption Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 05.03.11
May 03, 2011
Tom Sawyer Software's GET Extension Factory is a component used for
graph visualization applications development. It is included in VMWare
Infrastructure Client. For more information, please visit vendor's
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Tom Sawyer
Software's GET Extension Factory could allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the affected user.
The vulnerability exists within the way that Internet Explorer
instantiates GET Extension Factory COM objects, which is not intended to
be created inside of the browser. The object does not initialize
properly, and this leads to a memory corruption vulnerability that an
attacker can exploit to execute arbitrary code.
Exploitation of this vulnerability would allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the affected user. In order to
exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would have to convince the
target to visit a website. An attacker typically accomplishes this via
social engineering or injecting content into compromised, trusted sites.
iDefense has confirmed Tom Sawyer's Default GET Extension Factory
184.108.40.206, tsgetxu71ex552.dll and tsgetx71ex552.dll to be vulnerable.
VMWare VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6, VirtualCenter 2.5 Update 6a is
Setting the kill bit for those controls will prevent exploitation. The
CLSIDs for the controls are A2282403-50DE-4A2E-A118-B90AEDB1ADCC and
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
VMware Inc. has released patches to address this issue. Information
about downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2011-2217 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
11/11/2008 Initial Vendor Notification
11/11/2008 Initial Vendor Reply
05/03/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Elazar Broad.
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