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Category:   Application (Database)  >   IBM DB2 Vendors:   IBM
IBM DB2 Has Numerous Buffer Overflows May Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1011562
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   GENERIC-MAP-NOMATCH   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jan 6 2005
Original Entry Date:  Oct 7 2004
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): DB2 8.1 Fixpak 7 and prior versions
Description:   Several buffer overflow vulnerabilities were reported in IBM's DB2 Universal Database. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

NGSSoftware reported 20 vulnerabilities in the IBM DB2 software, most of which are buffer overflows that can be exploited by a remote user. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

NGSSoftware has provided additional details in eight separate advisories, available at:

[Editor's note: This alert will be updated shortly to include the details provided by NGS Software.]

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued Fixpak 6a and 7a for DB2 v8.1, available at:

Fixpaks for DB2 v7.x are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), Windows (2003), Windows (XP)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  Patch available for critical IBM DB2 Universal Database flaws

Researchers at NGSSoftware have discovered multiple critical/high risk
vulnerabilities in IBM's DB2 Universal Database. Versions affected include

DB2 8.1 Fixpak 7 and earlier

IBM has updated Fixpak 6 and 7 to 6a and 7a to include fixes for these
flaws. In all, 20 vulnerabilities, mostly remotely exploitable buffer
overflows, have been addressed by the updates. The updated Fixpaks have just
been released and can be downloaded from

The flaws fixed in these Fixpaks equate to NGSS BUGID 102, 103, 104, 105,
106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121
and 122 from the Vendor Notification Alerts -

NGSSoftware are going to withhold details about these flaws for three
months. Full details will be published on the 5th of January 2005. This 
three month window will allow DB2 database administrators the time needed to
test and apply the Fixpak before the details are released to the general
public. This reflects NGSSoftware's new approach to responsible disclosure.

NGSSQuirreL for DB2, NGSSoftware's advanced vulnerability assessment scanner
and security manager for IBM DB2, has been updated to check for and
positively identify these flaws in DB2 database servers on the network. More
information about NGSSQuirreL for DB2 can be found at

NGSSoftware Insight Security Research
+44(0)208 401 0070


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