Computer Associates eTrust InoTask.exe Antivirus Buffer Overflow
iDefense Security Advisory 05.09.07
May 09, 2007
Computer Associates' eTrust Antivirus is a client antivirus scanner. It
is distributed in standalone packages and also as part of the Internet
Security Suite. More information can be found on the vendor's website
at the following URL.
Local exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Computer
Associates International Inc.'s (CA) eTrust Antivirus allows attackers
to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.
The Task Service component of eTrust Antivirus, InoTask.exe, is used to
schedule and execute tasks such as scanning the system for virii. The
service uses a shared file mapping to share information about scheduled
tasks. The file mapping has a NULL security descriptor, which allows any
user to modify its contents. By modifying a string inside of this
mapping an attacker can trigger a stack based overflow in the InoTask
Exploitation allows an attacker to elevate privileges to SYSTEM on the
A local user account is required to exploit this vulnerability; it can
not be triggered remotely.
When exploiting this vulnerability, an attacker can cause the copy
operation to write past the end of the stack. This triggers an
exception, and results in execution of attacker supplied code when
calling the SEH function.
iDefense confirmed that CA eTrust Antivirus r8 on Windows is vulnerable.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
"CA has issued an update to address the vulnerabilities. The patched
files are available as part of the product's automatic content update."
For more information consult Computer Associates' Security Notice at the
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-2523 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
02/07/2007 Initial vendor notification
02/07/2007 Initial vendor response
05/09/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by binagres.
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