WU-FTPD File Globbing Denial of Service Vulnerability
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 02.25.05 www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id=207&type=vulnerabilities February 25, 2005
WU-FTPD is an ftp daemon for Unix systems developed at Washington University. More information is available at:
Remote exploitation of an input validation vulnerability in version 2.6.2 of WU-FPTD could allow for a denial of service of the system by resource exhaustion.
The vulnerability specifically exists in the wu_fnmatch() function in wu_fnmatch.c. When a pattern containing a '' character is supplied as input, the function calls itself recursively on a smaller substring. By supplying a string which contains a large number of '' characters, the system will take a long time to return the results, during which time it
will be using a large amount of CPU time.
After a user logs into the ftpd, an attacker can send a simple command which will cause high CPU utilization.
To exploit this vulnerability, a simple ftp client is sufficient. Once logged in, either anonymously or as an authenticated user, issuing the following command will cause the machine to become less responsive.
ftp> dir ********* ********* ********* *.
By re-connecting and issuing the command multiple times, the system can be made completely unresponsive. This may prevent legitimate access to services provided by the system for the period of the attack.
iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version 2.6.2 and 2.6.1 of WU-FTPD. It is suspected that previous versions are also affected by this vulnerability.
V. WORKAROUND Consider disabling the ftpd. If this is not viable as an option, consider disabling anonymous access. Disabling anonymous access will not
prevent local users from exploiting this vulnerability.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
No vendor response received.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the names CAN-2005-0256 to these issues. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
02/09/2005 Initial vendor notification - No response 02/18/2005 Initial vendor notification - No response 02/25/2005 Public disclosure
Adam Zabrocki (pi3 / pi3ki31ny) is credited with this discovery.
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