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Vulnerability in OLE Automation Could Allow Remote Code Execution
Posted: February 13, 2013, 2:29 pm
Last Updated: May 22, 2013, 1:10 pm

South Carolina Information Sharing and Analysis Center

 

SC INFORMATION SHARING AND ANALYSIS CENTER BULLETIN

 

DATE ISSUED:        2/12/2013

                                               

SUBJECT:                 Vulnerability in OLE Automation Could Allow Remote Code Execution

 

OVERVIEW:

 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation which could allow an attacker to take complete control of an affected system. Microsoft Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation is an inter-process communication mechanism used by languages that run on Windows. It provides an infrastructure for automation controllers to access and manipulate (i.e. set properties of or call methods on) shared automation objects that are exported by other applications.

 

The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted file. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow the attacker to could gain the same user rights as the current user. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

 

DESCRIPTION:

 

A vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Windows Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation. This remote code execution vulnerability exists in the way that Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) Automation parses specially crafted data. The vulnerability could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted file. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow the attacker to could gain the same user rights as the current user. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full user rights.

 

SYSTEM AFFECTED:

·         Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3

 

RISK:

 

Government:

Large and medium government entities: High

Small government entities: High

 

Businesses:

Large and medium business entities: High

Small business entities: High

 

Home users: High

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

 

We recommend the following actions be taken:

 

  • Apply appropriate patches provided by Microsoft to vulnerable systems immediately after appropriate testing.
  • Run all software as a non-privileged user (one without administrative privileges) to diminish the effects of a successful attack.
  • Remind users not to visit un-trusted websites, follow links, or open files provided by unknown or un-trusted sources.

 

REFERENCES:

 

Microsoft:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-020

 

CVE:

http://www.cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2013-1313

 

 

Please feel free to contact the SC ISAC if you have any questions or need any additional information.

 

The SC ISAC will provide amplifying information as it becomes available.

 

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