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Trend Micro Tmxpflt.sys IOCTL 0xa0284403 Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 10.25.07: Trend Micro Tmxpflt.sys IOCTL 0xa0284403 Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 10.25.07: Trend Micro Tmxpflt.sys IOCTL 0xa0284403 Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Trend Micro Tmxpflt.sys IOCTL 0xa0284403 Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 10.25.07 
Oct 25, 2007


The Trend Micro AntiVirus scan engine provides AntiVirus capabilities to
desktop, server, and gateway systems. The engine is licensed to several
of Trend Micro's OEM partners. More information is available on Trend
Micro's web site at the following URL. 


Local exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability within
Tmxpflt.sys, as included with Trend Micro Inc.'s AntiVirus engine,
could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in kernel context.

This vulnerability specifically exists due to insecure permissions on
the "\\.\Tmfilter" DOS device interface. The permissions on this device
allow "Everyone" write access. This allows a locally logged-in user to
access functionality intended for privileged use only.

Additionally, the IOCTL handler of this DOS device interface for IOCTL
0xa0284403 does not validate the length of attacker-supplied content
when copying to a fixed-size buffer. As such, it is possible to execute
attacker-supplied code in the context of the kernel.


Exploitation allows an attacker to elevate their privileges by
overwriting arbitrary system memory or executing code within kernel
context. In order to exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would need
the ability to open a handle to the "\\.\Tmfilter" DOS device interface.


iDefense Labs has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in
following Trend Micro Products:

  Trend Micro's PC-Cillin Internet Security 2007
  Tmxpflt.sys version 8.320.1004 and 8.500.0.1002

All products using Trend Micro's scan engine such as Trend Micro
ServerProtect, Trend Micro OfficeScan are also suspected to be


Removing write permissions for "Everyone" prevents unprivileged access
to the vulnerable code. iDefense confirmed that the virus scanning
engine was still able to detect viruses. Although no side effects were
witnessed during Lab tests, normal functionality may be disrupted.


Trend Micro has addressed this vulnerability with the release of version
8.550-1001 of their scan engine. For more information, visit the
following URL. 


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-4277 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for 
security problems.


08/06/2007  Initial vendor notification
08/06/2007  Initial vendor response
10/25/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Rub=C3=A9n Santamarta of

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