IBM SPSS Data Collection and SPSS Dimensions (mraboutb.dll) ActiveX control code execution

spss-mraboutb-activex-code-execution (72118) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


IBM SPSS Data Collection and SPSS Dimensions ActiveX control (mraboutb.dll) could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on the system, caused by insecure use of the SetLicenseInfoEx() method. By persuading a victim to visit a specially-crafted Web page, a remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the system with the privileges of the victim.


Base Score: 9.3
  Access Vector: Network
  Access Complexity: Medium
  Authentication: None
  Confidentiality Impact: Complete
  Integrity Impact: Complete
  Availability Impact: Complete
Temporal Score: 6.9
  Exploitability: Unproven
  Remediation Level: Official-Fix
  Report Confidence: Confirmed


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Refer to IBM Flash (Alert) 1577956 for patch, upgrade or suggested workaround information. See References.


  • IBM Security Bulletin 1577956: Security Bulletin: IBM SPSS Data Collection ActiveX Control vulnerabilities (CVE-2012-0188, CVE-2012-0190).
  • IBM Web site: IBM SPSS software for predictive analytics.
  • ZDI-12-019: IBM SPSS mraboutb.dll ActiveX Control SetLicenseInfoEx Method Remote Code Execution Vulnerability.
  • BID-51445: IBM SPSS Data Collection and Dimensions ActiveX Control Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities
  • CVE-2012-0188: Unspecified vulnerability in the SetLicenseInfoEx method in an ActiveX control in mraboutb.dll in IBM SPSS Dimensions 5.5 and SPSS Data Collection 5.6, 6.0, and 6.0.1 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted HTML document.
  • OSVDB ID: 78329: IBM SPSS Data Collection ActiveX (mraboutb.dll) SetLicenseInfoEx() Method Handling Unspecified Remote Code Execution
  • SA47565: IBM SPSS Data Collection ActiveX Controls Two Vulnerabilities

Platforms Affected:

  • IBM SPSS Data Collection 5.6
  • IBM SPSS Data Collection 6.0
  • IBM SPSS Dimensions 5.5


Jan 03, 2012

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