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Category:   Application (Database)  >   IBM solidDB Vendors:   IBM
IBM solidDB Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code via a Long Username Field Value
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1024203
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2010-2771   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jul 22 2010
Original Entry Date:  Jul 14 2010
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 6.5 FP2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in IBM solidDB. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send a specially crafted username value to 'solid.exe' on TCP port 1315 to execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target service.

The vendor was notified on June 30, 2010.

AbdulAziz Hariri and Zein Fneish Insight Technologies reported this vulnerability via Zero Day Initiative (ZDI).

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (6.5 FP2).

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (AIX), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), Windows (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  [Full-disclosure] ZDI-10-125: IBM SolidDB solid.exe Handshake Request Username Field Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-10-125: IBM SolidDB solid.exe Handshake Request Username Field Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
July 13, 2010

-- CVSS:
10, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

-- Affected Vendors:

-- Affected Products:
IBM solidDB

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-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of IBM solidDB. Authentication is not required
to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the solid.exe process which listens by
default on TCP port 1315. The code responsible for parsing the first
handshake packet does not properly validate the length of the username
field. By crafting an overly long value in the request an attacker can
exploit this to execute arbitrary code under the context of the SYSTEM

-- Vendor Response:
IBM has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2010-06-30 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2010-07-13 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
    * AbdulAziz Hariri and Zein Fneish Insight Technologies

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