Security Alert: IBM SPSS About/Licensing: Vulnerable issue in SetLicenseInfoEx() method exposed by the mraboutb.dll ActiveX Control.

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The security issue was originally published as a high security vulnerability and based on our ongoing technical assessment we have reduced the severity to medium. The vulnerability is in the mrabout.dll Active X control for Data Collections products. The products/versions that are affected are listed below and fixes are available below.


Products Affected:

Dimensions 5.5
Data Collection 5.6 and 6.0


ZDI-CAN-1295: IBM SPSS Vulnerable issue in SetLicenseInfoEx() method exposed by the mraboutb.dll ActiveX Control.

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of IBM SPSS. User interaction is required to exploit this vulnerability in that the target must visit a malicious page or open a malicious file.
The specific flaw exists within SetLicenseInfoEx() method exposed by the mraboutb.dll ActiveX Control. String data supplied to the first parameter (strInstallDir) of SetLicenseInfoEx() is copied into a 256 byte global buffer without first checking the string length. This overflow can be exploited to remotely execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Based on additional technical assessment of this security issue, IBM has lowered the base severity rating from high, as originally reported, to medium. At this time we have not identified a high risk exploitation vector for this vulnerability and we have no information indicating that there is an immediate risk of exploitation. IBM can not rule out other valid vectors and are continuing our evaluation; for this reason we have decided to inform our clients about this potential security issue and recommend that they install the appropriate fix as soon as possible.
As of 9/1/2011, IBM has not received any reports of customer issues related to this security vulnerability. The vulnerability was identified and reported to IBM by a security testing company, TippingPoint.


There is an IBM fixpack available for each release. The IBM product fixpacks should be implemented as soon as practical and your business needs dictate.

Affected Product/Version and Applicable Fixes:

Product offering
Available fixpack or risk mitigation
Dimensions Data Model Dimensions 5.5 P7 HF7
dc Data Model Data Collection 5.6 P5 HF45
dc Data Model Data Collection 6 FixPack 2 HF10

Document information

More support for:

SPSS Data Collection
Data Model

Software version:

5.5, 5.6, 6.0

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