Samba SAMR Change Password Remote Command Injection Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 05.14.07
May 14, 2007
Samba is a Unix server application used to implement Windows file
sharing and domain controlling functionality. SAMR is the named pipe
used to access the SAM, security accounts manager, database. This
database stores login credentials on NT based systems. More information
can be found at the following URL.
Remote exploitation of a command injection vulnerability within Samba
Project's Samba could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with
The vulnerability exists within the code responsible for updating a
user's password in the SAM database. Unfiltered user input is passed to
"/bin/sh". This allows an attacker to execute arbitrary shell commands
with the privileges of the nobody user.
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows an attacker to run
arbitrary shell commands with the privileges of the nobody user.
An important mitigating factor is that this vulnerability occurs within
a non-default configuration of Samba. Specifically, the 'username map
script' option must be defined in the smb.conf file.
Valid credentials are not needed to exploit this vulnerability. In order
to successfully change a password, it is necessary to provide the
original password. However, the vulnerability can still be triggered
regardless of whether or not the change password attempt fails.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Samba
version 3.0.24. Previous versions of Samba release 3 may be vulnerable.
Release version 2 and below did not have this feature.
Removing the 'username map script' option from the smb.conf file will
prevent this vulnerability from being triggered.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Samba has released version 3.0.25 as well as a patch for version 3.0.24
to address this issue. More information can be found in their
announcement at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-2447 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
05/07/2007 Initial vendor notification
05/07/2007 Initial vendor response
05/14/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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