ID CVE-2008-3008
Summary Stack-based buffer overflow in the WMEncProfileManager ActiveX control in wmex.dll in Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Series allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long first argument to the GetDetailsString method, aka "Windows Media Encoder Buffer Overrun Vulnerability."
References
Vulnerable Configurations
  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Series
    cpe:2.3:a:microsoft:windows_media_encoder:9_series
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows-nt:2008
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows-nt:2008
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows-nt:2008:-:x64
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows-nt:2008:-:x64
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows-nt:xp:sp3
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows-nt:xp:sp3
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2000:-:sp4
  • cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2003_server:-:-:x64
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2003_server:-:-:x64
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Service Pack 1
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2003_server:-:sp1
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Service Pack 2
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2003_server:-:sp2
  • Microsoft Windows 2003 Server Service Pack 2 x64 (64-bit)
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_2003_server:-:sp2:x64
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_xp:-:sp2
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 x64 (64-bit)
    cpe:2.3:o:microsoft:windows_xp:-:sp2:x64
CVSS
Base: 9.3 (as of 08-11-2016 - 09:09)
Impact:
Exploitability:
CWE CWE-119
CAPEC
  • Buffer Overflow via Environment Variables
    This attack pattern involves causing a buffer overflow through manipulation of environment variables. Once the attacker finds that they can modify an environment variable, they may try to overflow associated buffers. This attack leverages implicit trust often placed in environment variables.
  • Overflow Buffers
    Buffer Overflow attacks target improper or missing bounds checking on buffer operations, typically triggered by input injected by an attacker. As a consequence, an attacker is able to write past the boundaries of allocated buffer regions in memory, causing a program crash or potentially redirection of execution as per the attackers' choice.
  • Client-side Injection-induced Buffer Overflow
    This type of attack exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in targeted client software through injection of malicious content from a custom-built hostile service.
  • Filter Failure through Buffer Overflow
    In this attack, the idea is to cause an active filter to fail by causing an oversized transaction. An attacker may try to feed overly long input strings to the program in an attempt to overwhelm the filter (by causing a buffer overflow) and hoping that the filter does not fail securely (i.e. the user input is let into the system unfiltered).
  • MIME Conversion
    An attacker exploits a weakness in the MIME conversion routine to cause a buffer overflow and gain control over the mail server machine. The MIME system is designed to allow various different information formats to be interpreted and sent via e-mail. Attack points exist when data are converted to MIME compatible format and back.
  • Overflow Binary Resource File
    An attack of this type exploits a buffer overflow vulnerability in the handling of binary resources. Binary resources may include music files like MP3, image files like JPEG files, and any other binary file. These attacks may pass unnoticed to the client machine through normal usage of files, such as a browser loading a seemingly innocent JPEG file. This can allow the attacker access to the execution stack and execute arbitrary code in the target process. This attack pattern is a variant of standard buffer overflow attacks using an unexpected vector (binary files) to wrap its attack and open up a new attack vector. The attacker is required to either directly serve the binary content to the victim, or place it in a locale like a MP3 sharing application, for the victim to download. The attacker then is notified upon the download or otherwise locates the vulnerability opened up by the buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Symbolic Links
    This type of attack leverages the use of symbolic links to cause buffer overflows. An attacker can try to create or manipulate a symbolic link file such that its contents result in out of bounds data. When the target software processes the symbolic link file, it could potentially overflow internal buffers with insufficient bounds checking.
  • Overflow Variables and Tags
    This type of attack leverages the use of tags or variables from a formatted configuration data to cause buffer overflow. The attacker crafts a malicious HTML page or configuration file that includes oversized strings, thus causing an overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow via Parameter Expansion
    In this attack, the target software is given input that the attacker knows will be modified and expanded in size during processing. This attack relies on the target software failing to anticipate that the expanded data may exceed some internal limit, thereby creating a buffer overflow.
  • Buffer Overflow in an API Call
    This attack targets libraries or shared code modules which are vulnerable to buffer overflow attacks. An attacker who has access to an API may try to embed malicious code in the API function call and exploit a buffer overflow vulnerability in the function's implementation. All clients that make use of the code library thus become vulnerable by association. This has a very broad effect on security across a system, usually affecting more than one software process.
  • Buffer Overflow in Local Command-Line Utilities
    This attack targets command-line utilities available in a number of shells. An attacker can leverage a vulnerability found in a command-line utility to escalate privilege to root.
Access
VectorComplexityAuthentication
NETWORK MEDIUM NONE
Impact
ConfidentialityIntegrityAvailability
COMPLETE COMPLETE COMPLETE
exploit-db via4
  • description Windows Media Encoder wmex.dll ActiveX BOF Exploit (MS08-053). CVE-2008-3008. Remote exploit for windows platform
    file exploits/windows/remote/6454.html
    id EDB-ID:6454
    last seen 2016-01-31
    modified 2008-09-13
    platform windows
    port
    published 2008-09-13
    reporter haluznik
    source https://www.exploit-db.com/download/6454/
    title Windows Media Encoder XP SP2 - wmex.dll ActiveX BoF Exploit MS08-053
    type remote
  • description Windows Media Encoder 9 wmex.dll ActiveX Buffer Overflow. CVE-2008-3008. Remote exploit for windows platform
    id EDB-ID:16521
    last seen 2016-02-02
    modified 2010-05-09
    published 2010-05-09
    reporter metasploit
    source https://www.exploit-db.com/download/16521/
    title Windows Media Encoder 9 wmex.dll ActiveX Buffer Overflow
metasploit via4
description This module exploits a stack buffer overflow in Windows Media Encoder 9. When sending an overly long string to the GetDetailsString() method of wmex.dll an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code.
id MSF:EXPLOIT/WINDOWS/BROWSER/MS08_053_MEDIAENCODER
last seen 2019-03-20
modified 2017-10-05
published 2008-10-01
reliability Normal
reporter Rapid7
source https://github.com/rapid7/metasploit-framework/blob/master/modules/exploits/windows/browser/ms08_053_mediaencoder.rb
title Windows Media Encoder 9 wmex.dll ActiveX Buffer Overflow
nessus via4
NASL family Windows : Microsoft Bulletins
NASL id SMB_NT_MS08-053.NASL
description The remote host is running Windows Media Player 9. There is a vulnerability in the remote version of this software that could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code on the remote host. To exploit this flaw, the attacker would need to set up a rogue web page and entice a victim to visit it.
last seen 2019-02-21
modified 2018-11-15
plugin id 34121
published 2008-09-10
reporter Tenable
source https://www.tenable.com/plugins/index.php?view=single&id=34121
title MS08-053: Vulnerability in Windows Media Encoder 9 Could Allow Remote Code Execution (954156)
oval via4
accepted 2014-08-18T04:06:07.263-04:00
class vulnerability
contributors
  • name Sudhir Gandhe
    organization Secure Elements, Inc.
  • name Sudhir Gandhe
    organization Secure Elements, Inc.
  • name Maneesh Jolly
    organization Prism Microsystems, Inc.
  • name Maneesh Jolly
    organization Prism Microsystems, Inc.
  • name Maneesh Jolly
    organization Prism Microsystems, Inc.
  • name Josh Turpin
    organization Symantec Corporation
  • name Maria Mikhno
    organization ALTX-SOFT
  • name Maria Mikhno
    organization ALTX-SOFT
definition_extensions
  • comment Microsoft Windows 2000 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:85
  • comment Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:1353
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:1870
  • comment Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:1282
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-bit) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:4870
  • comment Microsoft Windows XP x64 is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:15247
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (x64) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:730
  • comment Microsoft Windows Vista x64 Edition is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:2041
  • comment Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (64-bit) is installed
    oval oval:org.mitre.oval:def:5356
description Stack-based buffer overflow in the WMEncProfileManager ActiveX control in wmex.dll in Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Series allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long first argument to the GetDetailsString method, aka "Windows Media Encoder Buffer Overrun Vulnerability."
family windows
id oval:org.mitre.oval:def:6018
status accepted
submitted 2008-09-09T13:58:00
title Windows Media Encoder Buffer Overrun Vulnerability
version 26
packetstorm via4
data source https://packetstormsecurity.com/files/download/83176/ms08_053_mediaencoder.rb.txt
id PACKETSTORM:83176
last seen 2016-12-05
published 2009-11-26
reporter MC
source https://packetstormsecurity.com/files/83176/Windows-Media-Encoder-9-wmex.dll-ActiveX-Buffer-Overflow.html
title Windows Media Encoder 9 wmex.dll ActiveX Buffer Overflow
refmap via4
bid 31065
cert TA08-253A
cert-vn VU#996227
exploit-db 6454
hp
  • HPSBST02372
  • SSRT080133
ms MS08-053
sectrack 1020832
vupen ADV-2008-2521
saint via4
bid 31065
description Windows Media Encoder 9 wmex.dll ActiveX buffer overflow
id win_patch_wmex
osvdb 47962
title windows_media_encoder_wmex
type client
Last major update 08-11-2016 - 13:02
Published 10-09-2008 - 21:11
Last modified 30-10-2018 - 12:26
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