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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   ArcSDE Vendors:   ESRI
ArcSDE Stack Overflow Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1017874
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-1770   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  May 16 2008
Original Entry Date:  Apr 5 2007
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 9.2 Service Pack 2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in ArcSDE. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

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

The vendor was notified on February 13, 2007.

iDefense reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (9.2 Service Pack 2).

The vendor has also issued a patch (Three Tiered Connection Security Patch).

The ESRI advisories are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error, State error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), UNIX (Tru64), Windows (2000), Windows (2003), Windows (XP)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 04.04.07: ESRI ArcSDE Buffer Overflow

ESRI ArcSDE Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 04.04.07
Apr 04, 2007


Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) ArcSDE is a multi-user
database server that has been bundled with ArcGIS to provide access to
Geographic Information Systems (GIS). More information is available at
ESRI's web site located at the following URL.


Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability within
Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) Inc.'s ArcSDE service
allows attackers to execute arbitrary code in the context of the
running service.

This vulnerability appears to exist in the handling of requests
containing overly long string parameters. By supplying a specially
crafted request, the ArcSDE server will overflow a buffer and overwrite
execution control information stored on the stack.


Exploitation allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the running service.

No authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability. The
attacker only needs the ability to converse with the server via the TCP
port on which it is listening. By default the server listens on port


An iDefense contributor reported that version 9.2 is vulnerability to
this attack. ESRI confirmed the vulnerability. All prior versions are
suspected to be vulnerable.


Employing firewalls to limit access to the affected service can help
prevent potential exploitation of this vulnerability.


ESRI has identified this issue as NIM007075 and corrected the
vulnerability by releasing ArcGIS 9.2 Service Pack 2. Additionally,
ESRI released the "Three Tiered Connection Security Patch" to address
the problem in older versions. For more information see ESRI's
notifications at the following URLs.


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.


02/13/2007  Initial vendor notification
02/15/2007  Initial vendor response
04/04/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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