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Subject: Windows Media Player 7 and IE vulnerability - executing arbitrary programs
From: Georgi Guninski (guninskiGUNINSKI.COM)
Date: Mon Jan 01 2001 - 06:47:58 CST

Georgi Guninski security advisory #31, 2001

Windows Media Player 7 and IE vulnerability - executing arbitrary programs

Systems affected:
Windows Media Player 7 and IE

Risk: High
Date: 1 January 2001

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There is a security vulnerability in Windows Media Player 7 exploitable thru IE
which allows reading local files which in turn allows executing arbitratrary programs.
This may lead to taking full control over user's computer.

The problem is the WMP ActiveX Control which allows launching javascript URLs in arbitrary
already open frames. This allows taking over the frames's DOM. Examine the code for more

The code is:
<object id="o1" classid="clsid:6BF52A52-394A-11D3-B153-00C04F79FAA6">
<PARAM NAME="defaultFrame" value="georgi">
alert("This page reads C:\\test.txt");
function f()

Disable Active Scripting.

Demonstration is available at:

Vendor status:
Microsoft was contacted on 26 December 2000.

Georgi Guninski