IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Request Processing Buffer Overflows Let Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID: 1017333|
SecurityTracker URL: http://securitytracker.com/id/1017333
(Links to External Site)
Date: Dec 5 2006
Denial of service via network, Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network|
Fix Available: Yes Vendor Confirmed: Yes |
Version(s): 5.2.x prior to 5.2.9, 5.3x prior to 5.3.4|
A vulnerability was reported in IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.|
A remote user can send specially crafted data to the target service on TCP port 1500 to trigger a buffer overflow and cause the service to crash or execute arbitrary code. The code will run with the privileges of the target service.
The language field in the initial sign-on request is affected.
The SmExecuteWdsfSession function is affected.
The open registration message is affected.
The vendor was notified on May 9, 2006.
The TippingPoint Security Research Team discovered this vulnerability.
The original advisory is available at:
[Editor's note: The vendor "does not believe it is possible to exploit this buffer overflow for remote code execution."]
A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system or cause the target service to crash.|
The vendor has issued fixed versions (5.2.9 and 5.3.4).|
The IBM advisory is available at:
Vendor URL: www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21250261 (Links to External Site)
|Underlying OS: Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (HP/UX), Windows (Any), z/OS|
Source Message Contents
Subject: [Full-disclosure] TSRT-06-14: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Mutiple|
TSRT-06-14: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Mutiple Buffer Overflow
December 4, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Tivoli Storage Manager <5.2.9
Tivoli Storage Manager <5.3.4
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since April 3, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4248. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
These vulnerabilities allow attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. Authentication
is not required to exploit these vulnerabilities.
The specific flaws are similar and exist in the processing of messages
by the Tivoli Storage Manager service, bound on TCP port 1500. The
messages are structured in the form [index][size]. The 'index' field
specifies an integer offset into the body of the message for a specific
field, and the 'size' field specifies the size of the indexed field.
As no validation is done on the index fields, an attacker can force the
service to look beyond the end of the packet, often landing in
unallocated memory and resulting in a denial of service.
The size fields are often checked to ensure they do not exceed the
bounds of the destination buffers that data is being copied to.
However, we have found the following four instances where the size
files are left unchecked:
The initial sign-on request contains a field to specify the language.
In normal cases we've seen, this string is dscenu.txt. Typically the
server will validate that the language string is no longer than 0x100
bytes. However, if the first byte of the language string is 0x18, this
check will not occur, and a fixed sized buffer will be overrun.
Overflows 2 and 3
There is an overflow vulnerability in messages processed by the
SmExecuteWdsfSession function. There are two fields in this request,
both are copied into fixed sized buffers, without any validation of
There is an overflow in the open registration message due to an
unchecked copy into a fixed size buffer for the contact field of the
All four of the above detailed overflows can lead to arbitrary code
execution under the context of the Tivoli service.
-- Vendor Response:
IBM has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can
be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.04.03 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.05.09 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.12.04 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by the TippingPoint Security Research
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