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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   McAfee E-Business Server Vendors:   McAfee
McAfee E-Business Server Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019170
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0127   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jan 10 2008
Original Entry Date:  Jan 9 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, Root access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 8.5.2 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in McAfee E-Business Server. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted authentication data to TCP port 1718 to execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with Local System privileges.

Only the Windows-based version is affected.

The vendor was notified on November 28, 2007.

Leon Juranic of INFIGO IS reported this vulnerability.

The original advisory is available at:

A demonstration exploit is available at:

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system with Local System privileges.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (8.5.3).

The McAfee advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Windows (NT), Windows (2000), Windows (2003)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] [INFIGO 2008-01-06]: McAfee E-Business Server

                 INFIGO IS Security Advisory #ADV-2008-01-06

Title: McAfee E-Business Server Remote Preauth Code Execution / DoS
Advisory ID: INFIGO-2008-01-06
Date: 2008-01-09
Advisory URL:
Impact: Remote code execution
Risk Level: High
Vulnerability Type: Remote

==[ Overview

McAfee E-Business Server guards sensitive corporate data with
PGP 128-bit encryption and authentication. McAfee E-Business Server supports
variety of platforms and security certificates.

==[ Vulnerability

During an audit of McAfee E-Business Server, we have discovered a
in the administration interface (TCP port 1718).
It is possible to crash McAfee E-Business Server during the authentication
When a malformed (oversized) initial authentication packet is sent to
E-Business Server,
the server will crash, and will have to be manually restarted.

A malformed authentication packet is shown below:
"\x01\x3f\x2f\x05\x25\x2a" + "A" * 69953

McAfee further researched the vulnerability and confirmed that it allows an
to also remotely execute code.

==[ Affected Version

The vulnerability has been identified in the latest available McAfee
E-Business Server 8.5.2, and it was successfully tested on Windows and Linux
Previous versions are believed to be vulnerable as well.

==[ Fix

The vendor has addressed this vulnerability with E-Business server patch
on January 8th, 2008.

Vendor advisory and update link:

==[ PoC Exploit

==[ Vendor status

11.28.2007 - Initial contact
11.29.2007 - Initial vendor response
11.30.2007 - Vendor response
12.03.2007 - Vendor status update
12.10.2007 - Vendor status update
12.17.2007 - Vendor status update
01.07.2008 - Vendor status update
01.09.2008 - Coordinated public disclosure

==[ Credits

Vulnerability discovered by Leon Juranic <>.

==[ INFIGO IS Security Contact


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