Akamai Download Manager ActiveX Stack Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 04.16.07
Apr 16, 2007
Akamai Technologies, Inc's provides distributed computing platform for
global Internet content caching and application delivery. Akamai
Download Manager is a component of Akamai's service. For more
information please visit following websites.
Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Akamai
Technologies, Inc's Download Manager ActiveX Control could allow an
attacker to execute arbitrary code within the security context of the
The ActiveX control in question has the following identifiers:
Class: DownloadManager Control
File: C:\Windows\Downloaded Program Files\DownloadManagerV2.ocx
The vulnerability specifically exists due to incorrect use of the
GetPrivateProfileSectionW function. The nSize parameter is incorrectly
passed the total number of bytes available, rather than the number of
wide characters available. This leads to an exploitable stack-based
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability would allow a remote
attacker to execute arbitrary code within the context of the targeted
In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need to
persuade the victim into viewing a malicious web site. This is usually
accomplished by getting the victim into clicking a link in a form of
electronic communication such as e-mail or instant messaging.
Additionally, the victim must either accept and install, or already
have the download manager control on their system.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability within
version 22.214.171.124 of Akamai Technologies Inc's DownloadManagerV2.ocx. All
older versions are suspected to be vulnerable.
Setting the kill-bit for this control will prevent it from being loaded
within Internet Explorer. However, doing so will prevent legitimate use
of the control.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
"Affected users can upgrade to the latest version of Akamai Download
Manager by visiting the following web page:
Visiting that page or any other Download Manager enabled page will
prompt the user to install the latest version of the software
automatically. Akamai has successfully coordinated with each of our
enterprise customers to ensure that all are distributing the patched
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-1891 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
04/03/2007 Initial vendor notification
04/03/2007 Initial vendor response
04/16/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by McSlibin.
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