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Gauntlet Firewall CSMAP and smap smapd Buffer Overflow Vulnerability





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                       The U.S. Department of Energy
                     Computer Incident Advisory Center
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                             INFORMATION BULLETIN

                     Gauntlet Firewall CSMAP and smap/smapd 
                         Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
                         [PGP Security Bulletin 9/4/01]

September 7, 2001 20:00 GMT                                       Number L-140
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PROBLEM:       A buffer overflow vulnerability has been identified in the 
               smap/smapd and CSMAP mail proxy deamons used with several 
               firewall products. 
PLATFORM:      smap/smapd
                   Gauntlet for UNIX versions 5.x 
                   PGP e-ppliance 300 series version 1.0 
                   McAfee e-ppliance 100 and 120 series 
               CSMAP 
                   Gauntlet for UNIX version 6.0 
                   PGP e-ppliance 300 series versions 1.5, 2.0 
                   PGP e-ppliance 1000 series versions 1.5, 2.0 
                   McAfee WebShield for Solaris v4.1 
               Note: The smap/smapd programs are included with security
               products from other vendors so more vulnerable systems may 
               be added to this bulletin at a later date.
DAMAGE:        If exploited this buffer overflow could allow arbitrary shell 
               commands with the privileges of the owner of the corresponding 
               daemon. 
SOLUTION:      Apply patches. 
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VULNERABILITY  The risk is MEDIUM. The vulnerable deamons are responsible for 
ASSESSMENT:    handling e-mail transactions for both inbound and outbound 
               traffic and normally run as an unprivileged user. 
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LINKS: 
 CIAC BULLETIN:      http://www.ciac.org/ciac/bulletins/l-140.shtml 
 ORIGINAL BULLETIN:  http://www.pgp.com/support/product-advisories/csmap.asp 
 PATCHES:            NAI: ftp://ftp.nai.com/pub/security/ PGP: 
                     http://www.pgp.com/naicommon/download/upgrade/upgrades-patch.asp
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CSMAP and smap/smapd BUFFER OVERFLOW VULNERABILITY ADVISORY

Title: Gauntlet Firewall for Unix and WebShield CSMAP and smap/smapd Buffer 
       Overflow Vulnerability Advisory
Date: September 4, 2001
Author: Gauntlet Firewall Engineering 

Background: 

A security vulnerability has been discovered in smap/smapd on the 
following products: 
 * Gauntlet for Unix versions 5.x 
 * PGP e-ppliance 300 series version 1.0 
 * McAfee e-ppliance 100 and 120 series 

A security vulnerability has been discovered in CSMAP on the 
following products: 
 * Gauntlet for Unix version 6.0 
 * PGP e-ppliance 300 series versions 1.5, 2.0 
 * PGP e-ppliance 1000 series versions 1.5, 2.0 
 * McAfee WebShield for Solaris v4.1 

This security vulnerability is a Buffer Overflow in the smap/smapd and 
CSMAP daemons. The smap/smapd and CSMAP daemons are responsible for 
handling e-mail transactions for both inbound and outbound e-mail. 
It is possible to exploit this Buffer Overflow vulnerability to execute 
arbitrary shell commands with the same privileges as the owner of the corre-
sponding daemon. 

Solution: 

A patch to repair this vulnerability is available for all products listed 
above at ftp://ftp.nai.com/pub/security/ and 
http://www.pgp.com/naicommon/download/upgrade/upgrades-patch.asp for the 
Gauntlet and PGP e-ppliance products and www.mcafeeb2b.com for the McAfee 
e-ppliance and WebShield products. 

This patch is a mandatory patch that includes a new version of the 
corresponding daemons and addresses the buffer overflow. Instructions 
for installing the patch are included in the README file contained 
within the patch. 

NOTE FOR HP-UX GAUNTLET v.5.x USERS:
Gauntlet v.5.x users on HP-UX must have HP-UX patch PHCO_16723 or later 
installed for the smap/smapd patch to function properly, as there is a 
dependency upon the library contained in that HP patch. The smap/smapd 
patch for Gauntlet v.5.x makes a check for the presence of the latest 
iteration of this patch (PHCO_23684). If this patch is not present, it 
will inform the user that PHCO_16723 or later is required and prompt 
the user if they want to continue. Failure to have PHCO_16723 or later 
will prevent all e-mail traffic if the smap/smapd patch is installed. 
PHCO_23684 is available from the HP support web site. The required 
library is built into HP-UX v.11.0, so Gauntlet v.6.0 users on HP-UX 
do not require an additional patch. 

CREDITS: PGP Security acknowledges one of its partners, Garrison 
Technologies, Inc., for notification about this problem. 

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CIAC wishes to acknowledge the contributions of PGP Security for the 
information contained in this bulletin.
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