Vulnerability Note VU#276944

iPlanet Directory Server contains multiple vulnerabilities in LDAP handling code

Original Release date: 16 Jul 2001 | Last revised: 12 Dec 2002

Overview

The iPlanet Directory Server contains vulnerabilities that may allow denial-of-service attacks, unauthorized privileged access, or both. These vulnerabilities were revealed using the PROTOS LDAPv3 test suite and are documented in CERT Advisory CA-2001-18. If your site uses this product, the CERT/CC encourages you to follow the advice provided below.

Description

The iPlanet Directory Server contains multiple vulnerabilities in the code that processes LDAP requests.

In the encoding section of the test suite, this product had an indeterminate number of failures in the group that tests invalid BER length of length fields.

In the application section of the test suite, this product failed four groups and had inconclusive results for an additional five groups. The four failed groups indicate the presence of buffer overflow vulnerabilities. For the inconclusive groups, the product exhibited suspicious behavior while testing for format string vulnerabilities.

Impact

One or more of these vulnerabilities allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Directory Server. The server typically runs with system privileges. At least one of these vulnerabilities has been successfully exploited in a laboratory environment under Windows NT 4.0, but they may affect other platforms as well.

Solution

Apply a patch from your vendor

Please consult the Systems Affected section for vendor-specific information on addressing this vulnerability.

Block access to directory services at network perimeter


As a temporary measure, it is possible to limit the scope of these vulnerabilities by blocking access to directory services at the network perimeter. Please note that this workaround does not protect vulnerable products from internal attacks.

            ldap    389/tcp     # Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
            ldap    389/udp     # Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
            ldaps   636/tcp     # ldap protocol over TLS/SSL (was sldap)
            ldaps   636/udp     # ldap protocol over TLS/SSL (was sldap)

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
iPlanetAffected06 Apr 200127 Jul 2001
SGIAffected26 Nov 200110 Dec 2001
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

Group Score Vector
Base N/A N/A
Temporal N/A N/A
Environmental N/A N/A

References

Credit

The CERT Coordination Center thanks the Oulu University Secure Programming Group for reporting these vulnerabilities to us, for their detailed technical analyses, and for their assistance in preparing this document.

This document was written by Jeffrey P. Lanza.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2001-1306
  • CERT Advisory: CA-2001-18
  • Date Public: 16 Jul 2001
  • Date First Published: 16 Jul 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 12 Dec 2002
  • Severity Metric: 18.70
  • Document Revision: 39

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