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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   TIBCO SmartSockets Vendors:   TIBCO Software
TIBCO SmartSockets Stack Overflow in RTserver Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1022129
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2009-1291   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Apr 28 2009
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, Root access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 6.8.2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in TIBCO SmartSockets. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted data via UDP to the RTserver to trigger a stack overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target service (e.g., System level privileges on Windows).

The vendor was notified on March 18, 2009.

The TIBCO SmartSockets Product Family (RTworks) versions prior to 4.0.5 are also affected.

The TIBCO Enterprise Message Service (EMS) versions 4.0.0 through 5.1.1 are also affected.

Stephen Fewer of Harmony Security reported this vulnerability via iDefense.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (6.8.2).

The vendor's advisories are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  UNIX (Any), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 04.28.09: TIBCO SmartSockets Stack Buffer

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iDefense Security Advisory 04.28.09
Apr 28, 2009


SmartSockets is a message-passing framework used to transport messages
over disparate channels. The RTserver is the server component of the
framework. For more information, see the vendor's site found at the
following link.


Remote exploitation of a stack based buffer overflow vulnerability in
TIBCO Software Inc.'s SmartSockets RTserver could allow an attacker to
execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the affected service.

The vulnerability occurs when parsing requests on the UDP interface of
the RTserver.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the affected service, usually SYSTEM. No
authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability. Since the
vulnerability is a stack based buffer overflow, and there are no stack
cookies, reliable exploitation is trivial.


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

The SmartSockets framework is resold to various 3rd party vendors, and
in this case iDefense used the version provided with Computer
Associates Enterprise Communicator.


TIBCO has identified the following workarounds:

* Disable the rtserver UDP port if it has been enabled in the rtserver
configuration file.

     * Utilize a firewall to restrict access to the rtserver.

     * Use a user with restricted privileges to invoke the rtserver
       or application.

     * On Unix systems, invoke the server or application from a chroot
       environment.  This will restrict the ability to access or
       modify information in the event of a successful exploit.


TIBCO has released a patch which addresses this issue. For more
information, consult their advisory at the following URL:


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2009-1291 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


03/18/2009  - Initial Contact
03/18/2009  - PoC Requested
03/25/2009  - PoC Sent
03/30/2009  - Vendor PoC ACK
04/07/2009  - Vendor Validated
04/10/2009  - Coordination
04/14/2009  - CVE from Vendor
04/14/2009  - Coordination
04/28/2009  - Coordinated Public Disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Stephen Fewer of Harmony
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