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Category:   Application (File Transfer/Sharing)  >   FTP (Generic) Vendors:   HPE
(HP Adds Fix for VVOS) Several FTP Server Implementations Allow Remote Users to Obtain Root-Level Privileges on the Server
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1002350
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Sep 8 2001
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via local system, Execution of arbitrary code via network, Root access via local system, Root access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   Network Associates COVERT Labs issued an advisory (COVERT-2001-02) for multiple FTP server implementations. These implementations allow remote and local users to obtain root-level privileges on the server.

In general, if the remote user has the ability to create directories on the FTP server, these vulnerabilities can be exploited. The vulnerabilities are related to the use of the glob() function.

In some cases, user input that has been expanded by glob() can exceed expected boundary lengths and trigger a buffer overflow. In other cases, the glob() function contains other buffer overflows.

Network Associates reports that the following operating systems have been confirmed to contain vulnerable FTP daemons:

FreeBSD 4.2, OpenBSD 2.8, NetBSD 1.5, IRIX 6.5.x, HPUX 11, Solaris 8

For details on the exact nature of the vulnerabilities, see the source message or refer to the COVERT Labs Advisory:

Impact:   A remote or local user can obtain root privileges on the FTP server.
Solution:   The vendor has added a fix for HP-UX VVOS. See the Source Message for the vendor's advisory containing directions on how to obtain the appropriate fix.
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (HP/UX)

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Apr 10 2001 Several FTP Server Implementations Allow Remote Users to Obtain Root-Level Privileges on the Server

 Source Message Contents

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    Created:  Thu Aug 30  3:00:02 PDT 2001

Table of Contents:

Document ID      Title
---------------  -----------
HPSBUX0107-162   Security Vulnerability in ftpd and ftp (rev.01)
HPSBUX0107-160   Security Vulnerability in login (rev.01)

The documents are listed below.

Document ID:  HPSBUX0107-162
Date Loaded:  20010829
      Title:  Security Vulnerability in ftpd and ftp (rev.01)

Originally issued: 19 July '01    LAST CHANGE: 28 August July '01

The information in the following Security Bulletin should be
acted upon as soon as possible.  Hewlett-Packard Company will
not be liable for any consequences to any customer resulting
from customer's failure to fully implement instructions in this
Security Bulletin as soon as possible.

PROBLEM:  ftpd and ftp incorrectly manage buffers.

PLATFORM: HP9000 Series 700/800 running HP-UX releases 10.01,
          10.10, 10.20, 10.24, 11.00, 11.04, and 11.11.

DAMAGE:   Remote users could execute unauthorized code.

SOLUTION: Install the appropriate patch for HP-UX releases as
          described below:

             10.01 or 10.10          PHNE_23947,
             10.20                   PHNE_23948,
---->>       10.24  (VVOS)           PHNE_24394,
             11.00                   PHNE_23949,
---->>       11.04  (VVOS)           PHNE_24395,
             11.11                   PHNE_23950.

AVAILABILITY: All patches are available now.
A.  Background
    CERT Advisory CA-2001-07 references a problem with ftp server
    glob() funtion implementation.  The full text is available at:

B.  Recommended solution
    The problem can be fully rectified by application of one of
    these patches to the appropriate HP-UX release:
             10.01, or 10.10         PHNE_23947,
             10.20                   PHNE_23948,
---->>       10.24  (VVOS)           PHNE_24394,
             11.00                   PHNE_23949,
---->>       11.04  (VVOS)           PHNE_24395,
             11.11                   PHNE_23950.

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-----End of Document ID:  HPSBUX0107-162--------------------------------------

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