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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   BMC Performance Manager (Patrol) Vendors:   BMC Software
BMC PATROL Agent Format String Bug Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021361
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-5982   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jan 29 2009
Original Entry Date:  Dec 8 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 3.7.30
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in BMC PATROL. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted data to TCP port 3181 containing format string characters to execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target service.

A specially crafted version number can trigger code execution.

The vendor was notified on May 8, 2008.

An anonymous reported this vulnerability via TippingPoint.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (3.7.30).
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error, State error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  ZDI-08-082: BMC PatrolAgent Version Logging Format String Vulnerability

ZDI-08-082: BMC PatrolAgent Version Logging Format String Vulnerability
December 8, 2008

-- Affected Vendors:
BMC Software

-- Affected Products:
BMC Software Patrol

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 6129. 
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-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of BMC PatrolAgent. Authentication is not
required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists due to a format string handling error during
log message writing. Supplying an invalid version number containing
format string tokens to a vulnerable target on TCP port 3181 triggers an
exploitable format string vulnerability which can result in arbitrary
code execution.

-- Vendor Response:
BMC Software states:
BMC has issued an update to correct this vulnerability.  Customers
should upgrade PATROL Agent to version 3.7.30

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2008-05-08 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2008-12-08 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
    * Anonymous

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