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Oracle AutoVue ActiveX SetMarkupMode Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

TPTI-12-05: June 29th, 2012


Affected Vendors

Affected Products


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Oracle AutoVue. 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 the AutoVueX.ocx ActiveX object. There exists a method SetMarkupMode() that takes an unbounded string as an argument and copies it to a fixed-length buffer on the stack. This can lead to memory corruption which can be leveraged to execute code under the context of the process.

Vendor Response

Oracle has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2011-11-29 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2012-06-29 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Brian Gorenc
    HP DVLabs