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Iceni products PDF parser stack buffer overflow

Vulnerability Note VU#225833

Original Release Date: 2011-10-05 | Last Revised: 2013-12-02

Overview

Iceni Argus and Infix contain a stack buffer overflow in the handling of flate-compressed PDF content, which can allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code on a vulnerable system.

Description

Iceni Argus is a PDF conversion library. Argus 6.20 and earlier fail to properly handle malformed flate-compressed content in PDF documents, resulting in a stack buffer overflow. Other Argus applications that share the same codebase with Argus may also be affected. We have confirmed that Iceni Infix 5.04 is affected by this vulnerability.

Impact

By causing the Iceni PDF library to parse a specially-crafted PDF document, a remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the application using the library.

Solution

We are currently unaware of a practical solution to this problem. Please consider the following workarounds.

Use the Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit

The Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) can be used to help prevent exploitation of these vulnerabilities.

Enable DEP in Microsoft Windows

Consider enabling Data Execution Prevention (DEP) in supported versions of Windows. DEP should not be treated as a complete workaround, but it can mitigate the execution of attacker-supplied code in some cases. Microsoft has published detailed technical information about DEP in Security Research & Defense blog posts "Understanding DEP as a mitigation technology" part 1 and part 2. DEP should be used in conjunction with the application of patches or other mitigations described in this document.

Note that when relying on DEP for exploit mitigation, it is important to use a system that supports Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) as well. ASLR is not supported by Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 or earlier. ASLR was introduced with Microsoft Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008. Please see the Microsoft SRD blog entry: On the effectiveness of DEP and ASLR for more details.

Vendor Information

225833
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

MarkLogic Corporation

Notified:  November 26, 2013 Updated:  December 02, 2013

Status

  Affected

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

MarkLogic Server uses the Argus PDF library.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.

iceni technology

Notified:  May 06, 2011 Updated:  October 05, 2011

Status

  Affected

Vendor Statement

No statement is currently available from the vendor regarding this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

We are not aware of further vendor information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

We have confirmed code execution with Argus 6.20 and earlier, as well as Infix 5.04.

If you have feedback, comments, or additional information about this vulnerability, please send us email.


CVSS Metrics

Group Score Vector
Base 9.0 AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:P
Temporal 8.1 E:POC/RL:U/RC:C
Environmental 6.1 CDP:ND/TD:M/CR:ND/IR:ND/AR:ND

References

Acknowledgements

This vulnerability was reported by Will Dormann of the CERT/CC.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2011-3332
Severity Metric: 10.71
Date Public: 2011-10-05
Date First Published: 2011-10-05
Date Last Updated: 2013-12-02 19:07 UTC
Document Revision: 31

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