smbftpd 0.96 format string vulnerability

Type securityvulns
Reporter Securityvulns
Modified 2007-10-02T00:00:00


   smbftpd 0.96 format string vulnerability

Versions: 0.96 maybe earlier versions as well

Date: 01 Oct 2007

Author: Jerry Illikainen email: www:


"SmbFTPD is a FTP daemon for FreeBSD, Linux, and other UNIX like operating system. It has flexible directory access control facility that could be combined with Samba's share access right."


A format string vulnerability exist in the SMBDirList-function, dirlist.c, which gets called when a LIST/NLST is issued. It could be triggered by the way it outputs recursive listing on directories. It's caused due to misuse of fprintf.

In order for this vulnerability to be exploited, an attacker would need a valid account (including anonymous) with permission to create directories. Successful exploitation may allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code.

Proof of concept


Update to version 0.97

Jerry Illikainen