Microsoft Windows "itss.dll" Heap Corruption Vulnerability
Critical: Less critical
Impact: System access
Where: From remote
Solution Status: Unpatched
OS: Microsoft Windows 2000 / XP
Rubén Santamarta has discovered a vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, which potentially can be exploited by malicious people to compromise a user's system.
The vulnerability is caused due to a boundary error in the Infotech Storage System Library (itss.dll) when reading a ".CHM" file. This can be exploited to cause heap corruption and may allow arbitrary code execution via a specially crafted ".CHM" file.
Successful exploitation requires that the user is e.g. tricked in opening or decompiling a malicious ".CHM" file using "hh.exe".
The vulnerability has been confirmed in Windows XP SP2 (fully patched) and also reported in Windows 2000 SP4. Other versions may also be affected.
NOTE: The CHM file format should be considered insecure and treated similar to an executable file. However, this vulnerability is triggered even when the user decompiles the file without opening it.
The vulnerability will reportedly be fixed in the next Service Pack.
Do not open or decompile untrusted ".CHM" files.
Provided and/or discovered by: Rubén Santamarta
Original Advisory: http://reversemode.com/index.php?opt...id=11&Itemid=1