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Core Security Technologies - CoreLabs Advisory
DAZ Studio Arbitrary Command Execution
1. *Advisory Information*
Title: DAZ Studio Arbitrary Command Execution
Advisory Id: CORE-2009-0911
Date published: 2009-12-02
Date of last update: 2009-12-01
Vendors contacted: DAZ
Release mode: User release
2. *Vulnerability Information*
Class: Insufficient UI Warning of Dangerous Operations [CWE-357]
Impact: Code execution
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: No
Bugtraq ID: 37176
CVE Name: CVE-2009-4148
3. *Vulnerability Description*
DAZ Studio  is a 3D figure illustration/animation application
released by DAZ 3D Inc. DAZ Studio can be accessed via a scripting
language which allows for quite a bit of diversity in tool creation. DAZ
Studio does not ask for any confirmation from the user prior to
executing a scripting file with any of the following extensions: .ds,
.dsa, .dse, .dsb. An attacker could abuse the scripting interface by
enticing an unsuspecting user to open a malicious scripting file, thus
obtaining remote code execution.
4. *Vulnerable packages*
. DAZ Studio 18.104.22.168
. DAZ Studio 22.214.171.124
. DAZ Studio 126.96.36.199
. Older versions are probably affected too, but they were not checked.
5. *Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds*
The vendor did not provide fixes or workaround information.
To prevent the accidental execution of malicious scripting files you can
disable the default file association of the dangerous file extensions in
the Windows Explorer. The following KB article from Microsoft describe
how to deassociate a file extension.
This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Diego Juarez from
Core Security Technologies during Bugweek 2009 .
7. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*
The following Proof of Concept .ds file demonstrates remote code
execution by downloading and executing putty in the context of DAZ Studio.
// DAZ Studio PoC
var oFile = new DzFile("d:\\test.js");
var oProcess = new DzProcess(["wscript", "d:\\test.js"]);
8. *Report Timeline*
Core Security Technologies completes a support form trying to reach a
security contact from DAZ.
Core receives an email saying that Core contact email was not recognised
as a registered email.
Core completes a registration form to be able to contact the support team.
Since DAZ support team didn't respond to any mail, Core contacts CERT
trying to obtain a valid security contact at DAZ.
CERT acknowledges the comunication, and Core reschedules the advisory to
November 30th, 2009 based on CERT recommendations.
CERT communicates that the vendor doesn't seem familiar with
vulnerability reporting/disclosure, and request additional information
about the vulnerability.
CERT contacted DAZ four times between 11/16 and 11/30.
Core replies that the issue is a script injection vulnerability.
DAZ did not wish to provide contact information.
The advisory CORE-2009-0911 is published.
 The author participated in Core Bugweek 2009 as member of the team
"Gimbal Lock N Load".
 DAZ Studio: http://www.daz3d.com/i/software/daz_studio3?_m=d
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11. *About Core Security Technologies*
Core Security Technologies develops strategic solutions that help
security-conscious organizations worldwide develop and maintain a
proactive process for securing their networks. The company's flagship
product, CORE IMPACT, is the most comprehensive product for performing
enterprise security assurance testing. CORE IMPACT evaluates network,
endpoint and end-user vulnerabilities and identifies what resources are
exposed. It enables organizations to determine if current security
investments are detecting and preventing attacks. Core Security
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security consulting services, including penetration testing and software
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The contents of this advisory are copyright (c) 2009 Core Security
Technologies and (c) 2009 CoreLabs, and may be distributed freely
provided that no fee is charged for this distribution and proper credit
13. *PGP/GPG Keys*
This advisory has been signed with the GPG key of Core Security
Technologies advisories team, which is available for download at
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