Vulnerabilities in the MIT Kerberos Key Distribution Center server could allow a remote attacker to compromise the key database, gain access to sensitive information, or cause a denial of service.
Several vulnerabilities exist in the Authentication Service and Key Distribution Center server (
krb5kdc) included in the MIT krb5 Kerberos implementation. In one case, the use of a null or dangling pointer in the KDC can result in a crash or double-free, and may leak portions of process memory to an attacker. In another case, uninitialized stack values cause reuse of a small window of previous stack values to be interpreted as message content. Some of this content may be returned to the attacker as part of an error response.
These vulnerabilities are only exposed if Kerberos 4 support is enabled. MIT notes that by default, Kerberos 4 support is compiled in but not enabled in recent versions of the software. MIT also notes that no other client or application server programs are affected.
An unauthenticated remote attacker may cause a krb4-enabled KDC server to crash, expose information (potentially including secret key data), or execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the
krb5kdc. Secondary impacts include compromise of the Kerberos key database and denial of service to clients attempting to authenticate in the affected Kerberos realm.
Upgrade or apply a patch from the vendor
Patches have been released to address these issues. Please see the Systems Affected section of this document for more details.
Vendor| Status| Date Notified| Date Updated
Apple Computer, Inc.| | 06 Mar 2008| 18 Mar 2008
MIT Kerberos Development Team| | 06 Mar 2008| 18 Mar 2008
Ubuntu| | 06 Mar 2008| 19 Mar 2008
Cisco Systems, Inc.| | 06 Mar 2008| 10 Mar 2008
Computer Associates| | 06 Mar 2008| 18 Mar 2008
Force10 Networks, Inc.| | 06 Mar 2008| 22 Jul 2011
Intel Corporation| | 06 Mar 2008| 10 Mar 2008
Intoto| | 06 Mar 2008| 10 Mar 2008
Juniper Networks, Inc.| | 06 Mar 2008| 03 Apr 2008
Microsoft Corporation| | 06 Mar 2008| 03 Apr 2008
Secure Computing Network Security Division| | 06 Mar 2008| 10 Mar 2008
Sun Microsystems, Inc.| | 06 Mar 2008| 18 Mar 2008
TippingPoint, Technologies, Inc.| | 06 Mar 2008| 18 Mar 2008
3com, Inc.| | 06 Mar 2008| 06 Mar 2008
Alcatel| | 06 Mar 2008| 06 Mar 2008
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.
Group | Score | Vector
Base | N/A | N/A
Temporal | N/A | N/A
Environmental | N/A | N/A
Thanks to Ken Raeburn of the MIT Kerberos Team for reporting this vulnerability.
This document was written by Chad R Dougherty.