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Category:   Device (Intrusion Detection)  >   IBM Proventia Vendors:   Internet Security Systems
(eEye Issues Advisory) ISS Proventia SMB Parsing Error Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1009236
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2004-0193   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Mar 4 2004
Original Entry Date:  Feb 27 2004
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, Root access via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): Proventia A Series XPU 20.15 through 22.9; Proventia G Series XPU 22.3 through 22.9; Proventia M Series XPU 1.3 through 1.7
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in ISS Proventia in the parsing of Server Message Block (SMB) packets. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

The flaw reportedly resides in the ISS Protocol Analysis Module (PAM) component of several ISS products, where the size of certain protocol fields is not properly validated.

A remote user can send a specially crafted SMB packet to cause the target system to execute arbitrary code. When the packet is reassembled for analysis, a heap-based overflow may occur. To trigger the overflow, a remote user can reportedly issue a "SMB Session Setup AndX request" packet with an AccountName parameter with a string of 300 bytes or greater.

Although the vendor report does not credit anyone, eEye Digital Security discovered the flaw. The eEye advisory is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the target process.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix, available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error

Message History:   This archive entry is a follow-up to the message listed below.
Feb 26 2004 ISS Proventia SMB Parsing Error Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-Disclosure] EEYE: RealSecure/BlackICE Server Message Block (SMB) Processing Overflow

RealSecure/BlackICE Server Message Block (SMB) Processing Overflow

Release Date:
February 26, 2004

Date Reported:
February 18, 2004

High (Remote Code Execution)

Internet Security Systems

Software Affected:
RealSecure Network 7.0, XPU 20.15 through 22.9
Real Secure Server Sensor 7.0 XPU 20.16 through 22.9
Proventia A Series XPU 20.15 through 22.9
Proventia G Series XPU 22.3 through 22.9
Proventia M Series XPU 1.3 through 1.7
RealSecure Desktop 7.0 eba through ebh
RealSecure Desktop 3.6 ebr through ecb
RealSecure Guard 3.6 ebr through ecb
RealSecure Sentry 3.6 ebr through ecb
BlackICE PC Protection 3.6 cbr through ccb
BlackICE Server Protection 3.6 cbr through ccb

The RealSecure and BlackICE product lines from Internet Security Systems
offer host-based intrusion detection/prevention for large servers and
home networks. By design, these products attempt to identify and block
network attacks and intrusions.
eEye Digital Security has discovered a critical vulnerability in both
RealSecure and BlackICE. The vulnerability allows a remote attacker to
reliably overwrite heap memory with user-controlled data and execute
arbitrary code within the SYSTEM context. This attack will succeed with
BlackICE using its most paranoid settings.

This specific flaw exists within the component that handles the
processing of Server Message Block (SMB) packets. By issuing an
authentication request with a long username value, a direct heap
overwrite is triggered, and reliable code execution is then possible.

Technical Description:
An IDS/IPS system, by its very nature, requires that every packet
entering a system be parsed and dealt with accordingly. When BlackICE
and RealSecure encounter an SMB packet, the packet is analyzed,
processed and re-assembled. It is during this assembly phase that our
custom data is passed to an insufficiently sized heap-based buffer. All
processing is conducted before any authentication.

To successfully replicate this vulnerability only one SMB packet is
required. The client must issue an "SMB Session Setup AndX request".
This SMB is used to "set up" a session previously established with the
negotiate protocol. A primary function of this request is to perform a
user login to a remote host. As neither RealSecure nor BlackICE require
the state to be kept, no previous negotiation is required. To cause a
reliable heap overwrite, the AccountName parameter should contain a
string with a length of 300 bytes or greater.

Please refer to the SNIA Common Internet File System Technical Reference
( for
detailed information on the required packet structures.

In the end, this vulnerability equates to a textbook heap overwrite
vulnerability, and code execution is effortless.

Retina Network Security Scanner has been updated to identify this

Vendor Status:
ISS have released patches for these issues. The patches are available

Barnaby Jack

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Cathy, The Filthy Few (we'll make up for it in July), and, of course --
all of the eEye massive.

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