[Full-disclosure] TSRT-06-12: CA BrightStor Discovery Service Mailslot Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2006-10-06T00:00:00


TSRT-06-12: CA BrightStor Discovery Service Mailslot Buffer Overflow Vulnerability http://www.tippingpoint.com/security/advisories/TSRT-06-12.html October 5, 2006

-- CVE ID: CVE-2006-5142

-- Affected Vendor: Computer Associates

-- Affected Products: BrightStor ARCserver Backup R11.5 Client BrightStor ARCserver Backup R11.5 Server

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection: TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this vulnerability since March 27, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 4267. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:


-- Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Computer Associates ARCserver Backup. Authentication is not required exploit this vulnerability and both the client and server are affected.

The problem specifically exists within the handling of long messages received over the Mailslot named 'CheyenneDS'. As no explicit MaxMessageSize is supplied in the call to CreateMailslot, an attacker can cause an exploitable stack-based buffer overflow.

The vulnerable Mailslot creation occurs:

casdscsvc.exe -> Asbrdcst.dll 20C14E8C push 0 ; lpSecurityAttributes 20C14E8E push 0 ; lReadTimeout 20C14E90 push 0 ; nMaxMessageSize 20C14E92 push offset Name ; "\\\\.\\mailslot\\CheyenneDS" 20C14E97 stosb 20C14E98 call ds:CreateMailslotA 20C14E9E cmp eax, INVALID_HANDLE_VALUE 20C14EA1 mov mailslot_handle, eax

Note there is no explicit MaxMessageSize specified. Later the mailslot handle is read from into a 4k buffer. The read data is also passed to a routine which calls vsprintf into a 1k buffer.

casdscsvc.exe -> Asbrdcst.dll 20C15024 mov eax, mailslot_handle 20C15029 lea edx, [esp+1044h+Buffer_4k] 20C1502D push ecx ; nNumberOfBytesToRead 20C1502E push edx ; lpBuffer 20C1502F push eax ; hFile 20C15030 call edi ; ReadFile 20C15032 test eax, eax 20C15034 jz short read_failed 20C15036 lea ecx, [esp+3Dh] 20C1503A push ecx ; char 20C1503B push offset str_ReadmailslotS ; "ReadMailSlot: %s\n" 20C15040 call not_interesting_call_to_vsnprtinf 20C15045 add esp, 8 20C15048 lea edx, [esp+3Dh] 20C1504C push edx ; va_list 20C1504D push offset str_ReadmailslotS_0 ; "ReadMailSlot: %s" 20C15052 push 0 ; for_debug_log 20C15054 call vsprintf_into_1024_stack_buf_and_debug_log

As mentioned in TSRT-06-02, exploitation of this vulnerability is possible due to the ability to exceeding the second-class Mailslot message size limitation.

-- Vendor Response: Computer Associates has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:


-- Disclosure Timeline: 2006.03.27 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers 2006.04.27 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2006.10.05 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by Pedram Amini, TippingPoint Security Research Team.

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