ZDI-06-050: Symantec Veritas NetBackup CONNECT_OPTIONS Buffer Overflow
December 13, 2006
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Veritas NetBackup 6.0 < MP4
Veritas NetBackup 5.1 < MP6
Veritas NetBackup 5.0 < MP7
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since November 20, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4506. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Symantec Veritas NetBackup. Authentication
is not required to exploit this vulnerability.
The specific flaw exists within bpcd.exe during the parsing of overly
long CONNECT_OPTIONS requests to a NetBackup Master/Media Server. When
the CONNECT_OPTIONS command is parsed, the contents are copied into a
stack allocated buffer without proper length checking. Exploitation of
this vulnerability can lead to complete system compromise.
-- Vendor Response:
Symantec has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2006.08.14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2006.11.20 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2006.12.13 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by Sebastian Apelt.
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