ZDI-06-012: Sophos Anti-Virus CAB Unpacking Code Execution Vulnerability
May 8, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows, Mac OS, Unix, Linux, NetWare, OS/2, OpenVMS
Sophos Anti-Virus Small Business Editions for Windows and Mac OS
PureMessage for Windows/Exchange and UNIX
PureMessage Small Business Edition
MailMonitor for Windows, Notes/Domino and Exchange
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since March 14, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter IDs 4185, 4189. For further product information on the TippingPoint
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Sophos AntiVirus. Authentication is not
required to exploit this vulnerability.
The specific flaw exists within the unpacking of Microsoft Cabinet
files that contain invalid folder count values within the CAB header.
Parsing of a specially crafted cabinet file can lead to an exploitable
heap corruption. This vulnerability is only exposed when cabinet file
inspection is explicitly enabled.
-- Vendor Response:
Sophos has addressed this issue in the latest versions of their virus
protection software. Further details are available at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.03.14 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.03.20 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.05.08 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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