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Category:   Application (Security)  >   Clam AntiVirus Vendors:
Clam AntiVirus Integer Overflow in Processing PE Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019394
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-0318   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Feb 12 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 0.92 and prior versions
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Clam AntiVirus. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted PE file that, when processed by the target application, will trigger an integer overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target application.

The vendor was notified on January 7, 2008.

Silvio Cesare reported this vulnerability via iDefense.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when processed by the target application, will execute arbitrary code on the target user's system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (0.92.1).
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 02.12.08: ClamAV libclamav PE File Integer

iDefense Security Advisory 02.12.08
Feb 12, 2008


Clam AntiVirus is a multi-platform GPL anti-virus toolkit. ClamAV is
often integrated into e-mail gateways and used to scan e-mail traffic
for viruses. It supports virus scanning for a wide variety of packed
Portable Executable (PE) binaries. For more information visit the
vendor's web site at the following URL.


Remote exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in Clam
AntiVirus' ClamAV, as included in various vendors' operating system
distributions, allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the affected process.

The vulnerability exists within the code responsible for parsing and
scanning PE files. While iterating through all sections contained in
the PE file, several attacker controlled values are extracted from the
file. On each iteration, arithmetic operations are performed without
taking into consideration 32-bit integer wrap.

Since insufficient integer overflow checks are present, an attacker can
cause a heap overflow by causing a specially crafted Petite packed PE
binary to be scanned. This results in an exploitable memory corruption


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the process using libclamav. In the case of
the clamd program, this will result in code execution with the
privileges of the clamav user. Unsuccessful exploitation results in the
clamd process crashing.

Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and non-executable memory
protection technologies (such as DEP, NX, XD, PaX, etc) can help
mitigate exploitation of this type of vulnerability.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in ClamAV
0.92. Previous versions may also be affected.


Disabling the scanning of PE files will prevent exploitation.

If using clamscan, this can be done by running clamscan with the
'--no-pe' option.

If using clamdscan, set the 'ScanPE' option in the clamd.conf file to


The ClamAV team has addressed this vulnerability within version 0.92.1.
Additionally, the ClamAV team reports, "the vulnerable module was
remotely disabled via virus-db update on Jan 11th 2008."


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-0318 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


01/07/2008  Initial vendor notification
01/11/2008  Initial vendor response
02/12/2008  Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Silvio Cesare.

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