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Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Protocol Handler Vulnerability
Aug 05 2004 07:33PM
Robillard, Nicolas (nicolas robillard snclavalin com)
Description : Protocol Handler allow arbitrary switch to be passed to the
The protocol handler are defined in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT. We will use the MMS
protocol for this exemple. In the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\MMS\SHELL\OPEN\COMMAND
Registry key you can see that the program associated with the MMS protocol
is called through "C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" "%L".
(In this cases, this is windows media player).
Now if we pass in to IE this string mms:\\."%20/layout%20c , the "%L" in the
handler will now be "." /layout c".
The /layout switch will open windows media player in Skin Mode.
<A HREF=mms:\\."%20/layout%20c>TRY IT</A>
Of course, the vulnerability is not to open WMP in Skin Mode but it reside
in the hability to pass extra command line switches where only one should be
Nicolas Robillard, GSEC
Information Security Advisor, Systems Security Group
Global Information Technologies, SNC-LAVALIN INC.
Tel : (514) 393-8000 Ext. 6289
455 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, Montreal (QC), Canada H2Z 1Z3
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Re: Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Protocol Handler Vulnerability
Aug 06 2004 01:53PM
Uday Moorjani (umoorjani wanadoo fr)
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