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Advisory Title: Gator installer Plugin allows any software to be installed

Release Date: 21/01/2002

Application: Gator installer plugin for Internet Explorer (GAIN)

Platform: Windows clients with Internet Explorer.

DLL version -

Severity: Malicious users can install backdoor software and gain easy access to the target machine.

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Vendor Status:
Not informed.



(extracted from

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Protects and encrypts your data on YOUR computer
Gator comes bundled .. etc

The vulnerabity exists in a plugin which installs the actual software. This plugin is scriptable and
an HTML page to specify the location of the Gator installation. This activeX component is usually
installed from this page:


The issue here is that any HTML page can specify the location of the Gator installation file. The
installation file is downloaded, then it is checked for the filename. If the filename is setup.ex_, it
is then decompressed and executed. If the file is not compressed it will still execute it. Of course
using this method, a malicious user can easily create an HTML page which makes use of the rogue
ActiveX component to point at a trojan file.

Exploit Example.

<pxram name="params"          value="fcn=setup&",aicStr,"&">

I set up a small demonstation which installs tini.exe (which is a trojan listening on port 7777).
If you need any information about tini.exe check out
The exploit example is found at :


Simply delete the ActiveX component from %windir%\Downloaded Program Files .. i think that should fix it.


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