‘Cisco Secure Desktop CSDWebInstaller Code Execution Vulnerability’


This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Cisco Secure Desktop.’


‘The information has been provided by http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-11-091/.’


Vulnerable Systems:
 * Cisco Secure Desktop

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 CSDWebInstaller.ocx ActiveX control. The vulnerable Cisco-signed ActiveX control verifies the signing authority names in the certificate chain but fails to properly verify the digital signature of an executable file that is downloaded and executed by the Cisco Secure Desktop installation process. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of the browser.

Patch Availability:
Cisco states that they will have a patch for this issue on March 31st, 2011. In the meantime, we suggest users implement the mitigations below.

The killbit can be set on this control to disable scripting within Internet Explorer by modifying the data value of the Compatibilty Flags DWORD within the following location in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerActiveX Compatibility705EC6D4-B138-4079-A307-EF13E4889A82

If the Compatibility Flags value is set to 0x00000400 the control can no longer be instantiated inside the browser. For more information, please see:

CVE Information:

Disclosure Timeline:
2010-09-14 – Vulnerability reported to vendor
2011-02-28 – Coordinated public release of advisory’

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