AOL dnUpdater ActiveX dnu.exe Init() Method Remote Code Execution

High Nessus Plugin ID 61463


The remote host has an ActiveX control that is affected by a remote code execution vulnerability.


The remote host has an install of the AOL dnUpdater ActiveX control (dnu.exe) prior to version As such, it reportedly does not properly verify the function pointer passed by the 'pData' argument of the control's 'Init()' method.

A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability by tricking a user into opening a specially crafted page that could execute arbitrary code subject to the user's privileges.

Note that this control reportedly is included with America Online's Toolbar, Desktop, and IM as well as Winamp.


Disable/remove the control or see the ZDI advisory for update instructions.

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Plugin Details

Severity: High

ID: 61463

File Name: aol_dnupdater_activex_rce.nasl

Version: $Revision: 1.4 $

Type: local

Agent: windows

Family: Windows

Published: 2012/08/09

Modified: 2016/10/07

Dependencies: 13855

Risk Information

Risk Factor: High


Base Score: 9.3

Temporal Score: 6.9

Vector: CVSS2#AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C

Temporal Vector: CVSS2#E:U/RL:OF/RC:C

Vulnerability Information

Required KB Items: SMB/Registry/Enumerated

Exploit Available: false

Exploit Ease: No known exploits are available

Patch Publication Date: 2012/06/21

Vulnerability Publication Date: 2012/06/21

Reference Information

BID: 54146

OSVDB: 83087