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Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 12:18:07 -0400
From: iDefense Labs <>
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 08.30.07: Yahoo Messenger YVerInfo.dll
 ActiveX Multiple Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities

Yahoo Messenger YVerInfo.dll ActiveX Multiple Remote Buffer Overflow

iDefense Security Advisory 08.30.07
Aug 30, 2007


Yahoo! Messenger is a instant messaging application that allows users to
chat online, share files, conduct PC to PC calls and more. More
information can be found on the vendor's site at the following URL.


Remote exploitation of multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in Yahoo
Inc.'s Yahoo! Messenger 8.1 allows attackers to execute arbitrary code
with the privileges of the currently logged in user.

When Yahoo Messenger 8.1 is installed, the following vulnerable ActiveX
Control is registered on the system.

  ProgID: YVerInfo.GetInfo.1
  Clsid: D5184A39-CBDF-4A4F-AC1A-7A45A852C883
  File: C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Common\YVerInfo.dll
  Version: 2006.8.24.1

Stack based buffer overflows can be triggered through either the fvCom()
or info() methods of this class.


Exploitation allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the currently logged in user. Users would be required to
have a vulnerable version of the target software installed and be lured
to a malicious site.

It is important to note that functions within this class can only be
called if the control believes it is being run from the
domain. In order for this exploit to be triggered an attacker would
either have to leverage a Cross-Site Scripting vulnerability in the domain, or be able to control the targeted user's DNS
resolution for the domain.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version
8.1 of Yahoo Instant Messenger. Previous versions are suspected to be
vulnerable as well.


Setting the kill bit for the vulnerable ActiveX control's CLSID will
prevent these issues from be exploited within Internet Explorer.


Yahoo Inc. has addressed these vulnerabilities by releasing an updated
version of Yahoo! Messenger. More information is available at the
following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-4515 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


08/21/2007  Initial vendor notification
08/21/2007  Initial vendor response
08/30/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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