Executive Summary

Title PhotoChannel Networks Photo Upload Plugin ActiveX control stack buffer overflows
Name VU#854769 First vendor Publication 2007-09-14
Vendor VU-CERT Last vendor Modification 2007-09-14
Severity (Vendor) N/A Revision M

Security-Database Scoring CVSS v3

Cvss vector : N/A
Overall CVSS Score NA
Base Score NA Environmental Score NA
impact SubScore NA Temporal Score NA
Exploitabality Sub Score NA
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Security-Database Scoring CVSS v2

Cvss vector : (AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)
Cvss Base Score 9.3 Attack Range Network
Cvss Impact Score 10 Attack Complexity Medium
Cvss Expoit Score 8.6 Authentication None Required
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Vulnerability Note VU#854769

PhotoChannel Networks Photo Upload Plugin ActiveX control stack buffer overflows


The PhotoChannel Networks Photo Upload Plugin ActiveX control contains multiple buffer overflows, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

I. Description

PNI Digital Media, which is a division of PhotoChannel Networks, provides photo services for retailers, carriers, and content providers. The PhotoChannel Networks Photo Upload Plugin is an ActiveX control that allows a user to upload multiple photographs using the Internet Explorer web browser. This ActiveX control is used by photo centers for multiple retailers, including Costco, Kmart, Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, Brooks Pharmacy, Eckerd Pharmacy, Black's Photo Centre, Hy-Vee, Rexall, and Visions Electronics. The PhotoChannel Networks Photo Upload Plugin ActiveX control contains multiple stack buffer overflow vulnerabilities. Versions and earlier of the control appear to be vulnerable.

II. Impact

By convincing a user to view a specially crafted HTML document (e.g., a web page or an HTML email message or attachment), an attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the user. The attacker could also cause the web browser to crash.

III. Solution

Apply an update

This issue is addressed in the version of the Photo Upload Plugin ActiveX control. This version of the control addresses the buffer overflow vulnerabilities and also sets the kill bit for the older, vulnerable versions. This version of the control is available on the pnimedia.com web page for your photo retailer. If you are unable to obtain an updated version of the control, please consider the following workarounds

Disable the PhotoChannel Networks Upload Plugin ActiveX control in Internet Explorer

The vulnerable version of the ActiveX control can be disabled in Internet Explorer by setting the kill bit for the following CLSID:

More information about how to set the kill bit is available in Microsoft Support Document 240797. Alternatively, the following text can be saved as a .REG file and imported to set the kill bit for this control:
    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerActiveX Compatibility{F127B9BA-89EA-4B04-9C67-2074A9DF61FD}]
    "Compatibility Flags"=dword:00000400
Disable ActiveX

Disabling ActiveX controls in the Internet Zone (or any zone used by an attacker) appears to prevent exploitation of this and other ActiveX vulnerabilities. Instructions for disabling ActiveX in the Internet Zone can be found in the "Securing Your Web Browser" document.

Systems Affected

VendorStatusDate Updated
PNI Digital MediaVulnerable14-Sep-2007




This vulnerability was reported by Will Dormann of the CERT/CC.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

Date Public09/14/2007
Date First Published09/14/2007 05:00:06 PM
Date Last Updated09/14/2007
CERT Advisory 
CVE NameCVE-2007-0326
Document Revision12

Original Source

Url : http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/854769

CWE : Common Weakness Enumeration

% Id Name
100 % CWE-119 Failure to Constrain Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSVDB)

Id Description
37958 PhotoChannel Networks Photo Upload Plugin ActiveX Multiple Unspecified Overflows

Nessus® Vulnerability Scanner

Date Description
2007-09-18 Name : The remote Windows host has an ActiveX control that is affected by multiple b...
File : photochannel_activex_overflows.nasl - Type : ACT_GATHER_INFO

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