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Crystal Reports CrystalPrintControl ActiveX ServerResourceVersion Property Overflow

This module exploits a heap based buffer overflow in the CrystalPrintControl ActiveX, while handling the ServerResourceVersion property. The affected control can be found in the PrintControl.dll component as included with Crystal Reports 2008. This module has been tested successfully on IE 6, 7 and 8 on Windows XP SP3 and IE 8 on Windows 7 SP1. The module uses the msvcr71.dll library, loaded by the affected ActiveX control, to bypass DEP and ASLR.

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Module Name



  • Dmitriy Pletnev
  • Dr_IDE
  • juan vazquez <juan.vazquez [at]>



  • Automatic
  • IE 6 on Windows XP SP3
  • IE 7 on Windows XP SP3
  • IE 8 on Windows XP SP3
  • IE 8 on Windows 7


  • windows



Module Options

To display the available options, load the module within the Metasploit console and run the commands 'show options' or 'show advanced':

msf > use exploit/windows/browser/crystal_reports_printcontrol msf exploit(crystal_reports_printcontrol) > show targets ...targets... msf exploit(crystal_reports_printcontrol) > set TARGET <target-id> msf exploit(crystal_reports_printcontrol) > show options and set options... msf exploit(crystal_reports_printcontrol) > exploit