ZDI-07-070: Skype skype4com URI Handler Remote Heap Corruption
December 6, 2007
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Skype < 3.6 GOLD
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-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Skype. User interaction is required to
exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious
The specific flaw exists within the 'skype4com' URI handler created by
Skype during installation. When processing short string values through
this handler an exploitable memory corruption may occur which can
result in arbitrary code execution under the context of the current
-- Vendor Response:
Skype has corrected this issue as of 11/15/2007. All clients updated or
installed as of that date are patched to this issue.
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2007.11.02 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2007.12.06 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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