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Skype 5.8x / 5.5x Corruption

Skype 5.8x / 5.5x Corruption
Posted Mar 29, 2012
Authored by Benjamin Kunz Mejri, Alexander Fuchs, Ucha Gobejishvili | Site vulnerability-lab.com

Skype versions 5.8x and 5.5x suffer from a pointer corruption vulnerability.

tags | exploit
MD5 | 277fc5550d0d00ce90c444df8c84a7b8

Skype 5.8x / 5.5x Corruption

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Skype 5.8x 5.5x - Corruption & Persistent Vulnerability



MRSC ID: 12250

VIDEO: http://vulnerability-lab.com/get_content.php?id=457 ;)


Skype is a software application that allows users to make voice and video calls and chats over the Internet. Calls to other users within the
Skype service are free, while calls to both traditional landline telephones and mobile phones can be made for a fee using a debit-based
user account system. Skype has also become popular for its additional features which include instant messaging, file transfer, and
videoconferencing. Skype has 663 million registered users as of 2010. The network is operated by Skype Limited, which has its headquarters
in Luxembourg. Most of the development team and 44% of the overall employees of Skype are situated in the offices of Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia.

(Copy of the Vendor Homepage: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skype)

The Vulnerability-Lab Team discovered a remote pointer corruption with persistent weakness on Skypes v5.8.0.156 Windows 7 & MacOS v5.5.2340.

2012-02-24: Vendor Notification
2012-02-25: Vendor Response/Feedback
2012-03-20: Vendor Fix/Patch by Check
2012-03-29: Public or Non-Public Disclosure


Affected Products:
Skype Windows, MacOs & Linux



A pointer corruption vulnerability is detected on the windows v5.6.59.10 & macos v5.5.2340 client of the skype software.
The bug is located in the software when processing special crafted symbole messages via communication box. The vulnerability
allows an attacker to freeze, block, crash or destroy the communication messagebox of the connected conference persons/teams.
The bug also has an persistent weakness vector which allows an remote attacker to implement the symbole string to the contact
user requests messagebox. The result is also a stable persistent error message and a client denial of service. Attackers can
also implement the test poc to the group labelname which results in a stable group error with different exceptions. The facebook
integration allows to sync the account with skype and can also redisplay the issue with the error via facebook module and wallposting.
The callto function allows an attacker to implement the issue persistent on a victim user profile by using the symbole string as nickname.

Vulnerable Module(s):
[+] MessageBox & Request Contact
[+] Contact Request Messagebox - Add Skype User
[+] Group Topic & Group Information Name
[+] Facebook integration - Connect Account Wall Postings

Affected OS version(s):
[+] Windows v5.8.0.156, MacOS & Linux 2.2 Beta


The vulnerability can be exploited by remote attackers with & without required user inter action. For demonstration or reproduce ...


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or as callto link:

Skype 'Skype Me™!' button
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://download.skype.com/share/skypebuttons/js/skypeCheck.js"></script>
<a href="skype:?<!--
Skype 'Skype Me™!' button
<script type="text/javascript" src="http://download.skype.com/share/skypebuttons/js/skypeCheck.js"></script>
<a href="
skype:็¬็ส็็็็็ -็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ส็¬็็็็็็็็¬็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ส็็็็¬็็็็็็็็็-็็็็็็็ ็็็็็ส็็็็็็็¬็็็็็็็็็็¬็็็็็็็็ส็็็็็็็็็็¬็็็็็็็็็็็ ¬็็็็ส็็็็็็็็็็็็็¬็็็็ ็็็็็็็็¬ส็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็-็็็็็็็็็ส็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ ¬็็็็็็ส็็็็็็็¬ส็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ส็็็¬¬็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็ส็็็็็็¬็ ?call
"><img src="http://download.skype.com/share/skypebuttons/buttons/call_blue_white_124x52.png" style="border: none;" width="124"
height="52" alt="Skype Me™!" /></a>
?call"><img src="http://download.skype.com/share/skypebuttons/buttons/call_blue_white_124x52.png" style="border: none;"
width="124" height="52" alt="Skype Me™!" /></a>


The attack vector has been removed in the old version ( via hotfix and the issue is addressed by skype.

Update to Skype v5.8.0.158

The security risk of the remote denial of service vulnerability via pointer corruption is estimated as high(-).

Vulnerability Research Laboratory - Benjamin Kunz Mejri (Rem0ve), Alexander Fuchs (f0x23) & Ucha Gobejishvili

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