Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Buffer Overflow in '_maincfgret.cgi' Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1011064|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1011064
(Links to External Site)
Date: Aug 25 2004
Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
iDEFENSE reported a buffer overflow vulnerability in WhatsUp Gold. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.|
It is reported that a remote user can send a request to the '_maincfgret.cgi' script on the web server with a specially crafted 'instancename' value to trigger the buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code. The code will run with the privileges of the user that started the WhatsUp Gold application.
The report indicates that the WhatsUp Gold web server is not enabled by default.
The vendor was reportedly notified on August 12, 2004.
The original advisory is available at:
A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system with the privileges of the user that started WhatsUp Gold.|
The vendor has issued a fixed version (version 8.03 Hotfix 1).|
Vendor URL: www.ipswitch.com/products/whatsup/index.html (Links to External Site)
Source Message Contents
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2004 11:18:19 -0400|
Subject: iDEFENSE Security Advisory 08.25.04: Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Remote
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 08.25.04
August 25, 2004
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold is a Microsoft Windows based network monitoring
application. More information is available at:
Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Ipswitch
Inc.'s WhatsUp Gold allows attackers to execute arbitrary code under the
privileges of the user that instantiated the application.
The problem specifically exists in the _maincfgret.cgi script accessible
through the web server installed by WhatsUp Gold. By posting a long
string for the value of 'instancename', a buffer overflow occurs
allowing an attacker to redirect the flow of control and eventually
execute arbitrary code.
Successful exploitation allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary
code under the privileges of the user that instantiated the application.
The WhatsUp Gold web server is not enabled by default.
iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability against
WhatsUp Gold version 8.03. iDEFENSE has confirmed that the latest
version of WhatsUp Gold, version 8.03 Hotfix 1, is not vulnerable.
Disable the WhatsUp Gold web server if it is not required.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The buffer overflow is repaired in WhatsUp Gold, version 8.03 Hotfix 1.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2004-0798 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
08/12/2004 Initial vendor notification
08/12/2004 iDEFENSE clients notified
08/12/2004 Initial vendor response
08/25/2004 Public disclosure
The discoverer wishes to remain anonymous.
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