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Category:   Application (Database)  >   MaxDB Vendors:
MaxDB Buffer Overflow in getLockTokenHeader() WebDAV Function Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1013800
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CAN-2005-0684   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 25 2005
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Description:   iDEFENSE reported a vulnerability in MaxDB in the WebDAV implementation. A remote user may be able to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can connect to the web administration interface and issue an HTTP request with the unlock method and with a specially crafted 'Lock-Token' string to trigger a stack overflow.

The flaw resides in the getLockTokenHeader() function in 'MaxDB_ORG/sys/src/SAPDB/WebDAV/Handler/WDVHandler_CommonUtils.c'.

The function does not properly limit the length of a user-supplied value that is copied into a fixed length buffer.

A remote user can execute arbitrary code with System level privileges (on Windows-based systems).

The vendor was notified on March 8, 2005.

The original advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system. On Windows-based systems, the code will run with System level privileges.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (, available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), UNIX (Tru64), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDEFENSE Security Advisory 04.25.05: MySQL MaxDB Webtool Remote

MySQL MaxDB Webtool Remote Lock-Token Stack Overflow Vulnerability 

iDEFENSE Security Advisory 04.25.05
April 25, 2005


MaxDB by MySQL is a re-branded and enhanced version of SAP DB, SAP AG's 
open source database. MaxDB is a heavy-duty, SAP-certified open source 
database that offers high availability, scalability and a comprehensive 
feature set. MaxDB complements the MySQL database server, targeted for 
large mySAP ERP environments and other applications that require maximum

enterprise-level database functionality.


Remote exploitation of a stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability in 
MySQL MaxDB could allow attackers to execute arbitrary code. 

The vulnerability specifically exists due to a lack of bounds checking 
in the WebDAV functionality of the web tool. When an attacker issues an 
HTTP request with the unlock method, along with a long Lock-Token 
string, a stack-based overflow occurs. The offending code follows: 


WDVH_Bool getLockTokenHeader(sapdbwa_HttpRequestP request,
                             WDVH_Char *sLockToken,
                             WDVH_Char *errormsg) 
WDVH_Char       *temp1, *temp2, *temp4, *temp5;
WDVH_UInt4      length;
WDVH_Char       temp3[WDVH_MAX_IF_HEADER_LEN];

if (request==NULL || sLockToken==NULL || errormsg==NULL)
    return WDVH_False;

temp4 = (char*)sapdbwa_GetHeader(request,"Lock-Token");
if (temp4 != NULL) {

The variable temp3 is a fixed-length stack buffer. The function 
sapdbwa_GetHeader() returns the user supplied value for Lock-Token. This

user-supplied value is then copied into the fixed-size buffer using a 
strcpy() call. Due to no boundary checking, it is possible to overflow 
the stack buffer and overwrite stack memory, ultimately leading to 
control of execution flow and execution of arbitrary code.


Successful exploitation of the vulnerability can allow remote attackers 
to execute code with SYSTEM privileges. Note that the vulnerability is 
in the web administration service, which should be configured to not 
allow connections from untrusted hosts or listening on public-facing 
network interfaces.


iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in MySQL 


Employ firewalls, access control lists or other TCP/UDP-restriction 
mechanisms to limit access to administrative systems and services.


This vulnerability is addressed in MySQL MaxDB available for
download at:


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-0684 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems. This is one of two vulnerabilities that have been
assigned CAN-2005-0684.


03/08/2005  Initial vendor notification
03/11/2005  Initial vendor response
04/25/2005  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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Copyright (c) 2005 iDEFENSE, Inc.

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