Zero-Day Advisory

Fortinet Discovers IBM SPSS Statistics ActiveX Control Arbitrary Code Execution Vulnerability


Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has discovered an arbitrary code execution vulnerability in IBM SPSS Statistics ActiveX control.
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The vulnerability exists due to insufficient sanitizing of the parameter value passed to the function 'LongAsObject'. This could allow an attacker to pass malicious parameter value to the ActiveX control, resulting in arbitrary code execution on the victim's system.


FortiGuard Labs released the following FortiGate IPS signature which covers this specific vulnerability:

Released Apr 28, 2015

Users should apply the solution provided by IBM.

Additional Information

Since the ActiveX control is not marked as "safe for scripting", the vulnerability should be difficult to be exploited remotely.


This vulnerability was discovered by Honggang Ren of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs.

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