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.
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.
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.
Apply a patch from your vendor
Block access to directory services at network perimeter
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.