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Date: Tue, 09 Jan 2007 14:14:04 -0500
From: iDefense Labs <>
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 01.09.07:  Multiple Microsoft Products
 VML 'recolorinfo' Element Integer Overflow Vulnerability

Microsoft Windows VML Element Integer Overflow Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 01.09.07
Jan 09, 2007


VML is a component of the Extensible Markup Language (XML) that specifies
vector images (e.g., rectangles and ovals). This functionality is
implemented by the library "vgx.dll" in Microsoft Windows. More
information is available at the following web site.


Remote exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in the Vector
Markup Language (VML) support in multiple Microsoft products allows
attackers to execute arbitrary code within the context of the user running
the vulnerable application.

This vulnerability exists due to insufficient input validation within
vgx.dll. Two integer properties are multiplied together and no overflow
check is performed. This could allow an attacker to force a memory
allocation of a smaller amount of memory than is required. When copying
user supplied data into the newly allocated memory, it is possible to
overwrite a function pointer stored on the heap, which leads to the
execution of arbitrary code.


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code in the context of the user running the vulnerable

Exploitation would require an attacker to persuade a user to visit a
malicious website using Internet Explorer, read a specially crafted e-
mail message with Microsoft Outlook, or open a specially crafted document
using an affected Microsoft Office application.

It is important to note that this vulnerability could be exploited without
user interaction via an e-mail message when rendered within Outlook. For
example, if a user with the reading pane turned on had Outlook open to an
empty in-box when an attack e-mail arrived, exploitation could occur


iDefense testing shows that Internet Explorer 6.0 bundled with Windows XP
SP2 with all available security patches is vulnerable. Other versions of
Internet Explorer, including those with all security updates applied, are
also vulnerable. Older versions of Internet Explorer may also vulnerable.

Microsoft Outlook with all available updates has been found to be
vulnerable. iDefense has identified Microsoft Office products, including
Outlook, going back as far as Office 2000 may also vulnerable.


iDefense Labs has developed the following workaround:

The following registry entry defines the library that implements the
vulnerable functionality:


Changing 'InprocServer32' in this registry entry to 'InprocServer32
-disabled' causes the control that handles InprocServer32 not to load.
Completely removing the key also provides the same protection.

iDefense strongly recommends that users back up the registry before
changing or removing this key.

It should also be noted that since the vulnerable component is not an
ActiveX control, setting the kill bit does not disable the vulnerable DLL.
As a result, setting the kill bit provides no protection against

For previous vulnerabilities in this component, Microsoft suggested
unregistering 'vgx.dll' on Windows XP SP1 and SP2 and Windows 2003 and
2003 SP1 systems. Using the "RegSvr32" program to unregister the dll in
question with the following command also unregisters Vgx.dll:

regsvr32 -u "%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VGX\vgx.dll"

Alternatively, system administrators can deny "Full Access" to the file
"%ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VGX\vgx.dll".

The preceding workarounds will provide complete protection, but may
prevent proper rendering of documents that rely on VML, such as Microsoft
Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents when saved in HTML format and viewed
in IE or another application that uses the affected component. These
documents can still be opened in the respective applications and will
render correctly.

To mitigate the e-mail attack vector, Microsoft recommends that system
administrators configure Outlook to view all e-mail messages in
plain-text, including those from digitally signed "trusted" sources.
Applying this workaround will prevent the rendering or rich content such
as images and special formatting.


Microsoft has addressed this vulnerability with Microsoft Security Bulletin
MS07-004. A link to this bulletin can be found below.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-0024 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


10/03/2006  Initial vendor notification
10/03/2006  Initial vendor response
01/09/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Jospeh Moti.

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