CA Internet Security Suite HIPS XML Security Database Parser Class Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

Credit: ZDI
Risk: High
Local: No
Remote: No
CWE: CWE-Other

CVSS Base Score: 8.8/10
Impact Subscore: 9.2/10
Exploitability Subscore: 8.6/10
Exploit range: Remote
Attack complexity: Medium
Authentication: No required
Confidentiality impact: None
Integrity impact: Complete
Availability impact: Complete

ZDI-11-093: CA Internet Security Suite HIPS XML Security Database Parser Class Remote Code Execution Vulnerability February 23, 2011 -- CVE ID: CVE-2011-1036 -- CVSS: 9.3, (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C) -- Affected Vendors: CA -- Affected Products: CA Internet Security Suite -- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection: TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 10848. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit: -- Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of CA Internet Security Suite 2010. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file. The flaw exists within the XMLSecDB ActiveX control which is installed with HIPSEngine component. SetXml and Save methods are implemented insecurely and can allow creation of an arbitrary file on the victim's system. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of the user. -- Vendor Response: CA has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:{53A 608DF-BFDB-4AB3-A98F-E4BB6BC7A2F4} -- Disclosure Timeline: 2010-08-25 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2011-02-23 - Coordinated public release of advisory -- Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by: * Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod -- About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI): Established by TippingPoint, The Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) represents a best-of-breed model for rewarding security researchers for responsibly disclosing discovered vulnerabilities. Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research through the ZDI can find more information and sign-up at: The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is used. TippingPoint does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any exploit code. Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor, TippingPoint provides its customers with zero day protection through its intrusion prevention technology. Explicit details regarding the specifics of the vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of helping to secure a broader user base, TippingPoint provides this vulnerability information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors) who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product. Our vulnerability disclosure policy is available online at: Follow the ZDI on Twitter:


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