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Research > Zero-Day Tracker > 20101222

Microsoft WMI Administrative Tools ActiveX Remote Code Execution

Date Disclosed:

Date Patched:
Kill bit workaround suggested by Microsoft on 4/12/2011


Affected Software:
WMI Administrative Tools v1.1 and Earlier

Microsoft WMI Administrative Tools contains a vulnerability in the WBEMSingleView.ocx ActiveX object. Successful exploitation could allow execution of arbitrary code.


Code Execution:

Arbitrary code execution under the current user's context
This client-side vulnerability could allow an attacker to gain the ability to execute remote arbitrary code with the same permissions as the user that is currently logged in. If the user is an administrator, the attacker could install malicious software and further compromise the system.

No patch is available. To mitigate, set the kill bit for the Internet Explorer ActiveX control with CLSID {2745E5F5-D234-11D0-847A-00C04FD7BB08}.


  • eEye's Retina® Network Security Scanner scans devices to detect for this vulnerability.
    • Retina Audit 13926 - Microsoft WMI Administrative Tools ActiveX Remote Code Execution (Zero-Day)


12.22.2010 - Public Information Released
4.21.2011 - Kill bit suggested by Microsoft

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