Vulnerability Note VU#657547

Critical Path directory products contain multiple vulnerabilities in LDAP handling code

Original Release date: 13 Aug 2001 | Last revised: 12 Dec 2002

Overview

Multiple Critical Path directory products contain 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 InJoin Directory Server and LiveContent Directory both contain multiple vulnerabilities in the code that processes LDAP requests. These vulnerabilities were discovered independently by Critical Path using the PROTOS LDAPv3 test suite.

The tests conducted by Critical Path demonstrated failures in both the encoding and application sections of the test suite.

Impact

These vulnerabilities allow a remote attacker to crash affected Critical Path directory servers, resulting in a denial-of-service condition. They may also allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the directory server. The server typically runs with system privileges.

Solution

Apply a patch from your vendor

Please consult the vendor 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
Critical PathAffected06 Aug 200113 Aug 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-2001-1314
  • CERT Advisory: CA-2001-18
  • Date Public: 02 Aug 2001
  • Date First Published: 13 Aug 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 12 Dec 2002
  • Severity Metric: 3.54
  • Document Revision: 19

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