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Auditing MySpace and FaceBook Vulnerabilities

Over the past few months, there have been a few vulnerabilities in ActiveX controls from MySpace and FaceBook. Nessus users can audit Windows systems running Internet Explorer with the following plugins:

  • #30219 myspace_uploader_1_0_0_6_activex_overflow.nasl
  • #30152 facebook_photo_uploader_4_5_57_1_activex_overflows.nasl
  • #30134 image_uploader_4_5_70_activex_overflows.nasl

These plugins require credentials for Nessus to log into the Windows computer and analyze which ActiveX controls and versions are available. The plugins are available to all Nessus Direct Feed, Registered Feed and Security Center users. These vulnerabilities are unique because they can affect a Windows system that has had its Internet Explorer and Windows operating system fully patched.

If you'd like to know which computers and users on your network are visiting MySpace or FaceBook, this type of monitoring is performed by both the Passive Vulnerabiltiy Scanner and the Log Correlation Engine. The PVS will identify which hosts log into MySpace and FaceBook along with the account username. The Log Correlation Engine can take these events from the PVS and use the usernames to associate with a source IP address for tracking of users with mobile IP addresses. This capability was previously discussed here.

For more information about ActiveX controls, please consider the following links: