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Novell ZENWorks Software Packaging ISGrid.Grid2.1 bstrSearchText Parameter Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

TPTI-11-15: December 7th, 2011


Affected Vendors

Affected Products

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Novell ZENWorks. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.

The specific flaw exists within \Program Files\Common Files\InstallShield\ISGrid2.dll ActiveX control. If the DoFindReplace method is invoked with the bstrSearchText parameter set to an overly large value, a string buffer overflow will occur. This can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on the host system in the context of the browser.

Vendor Response

Disclosure Timeline

    2011-05-31 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2011-12-07 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Jonathan Andersson, TippingPoint DVLabs