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Category:   Application (Directory)  >   Novell eDirectory Vendors:   Novell
Novell eDirectory Heap Overflow in Processing Certain Opcodes Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1020990
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-4478, CVE-2008-4480   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Oct 9 2008
Original Entry Date:  Oct 3 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 8.7.3
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Novell eDirectory. A remote user may be able to execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted data to trigger a heap overflow and potentially execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target service.

Specially crafted update replica verbs (Opcode 0x23 & 0x24) can trigger a heap overflow.

A specially crafted DSV_READ verb (Opcode 0x0F) can trigger a heap overflow.

The vendor was notified on May 19, 2008.

Sebastian Apelt reported this vulnerability via ZDI.

Impact:   A remote user may be able to execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (8.7.3 SP10 FTF1).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), Windows (2000), Windows (2003)

Message History:   None.

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