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MIT Kerberos kadmind RPC library gssrpc__svcauth_gssapi() uninitialized pointer free vulnerability

Vulnerability Note VU#356961

Original Release Date: 2007-06-26 | Last Revised: 2007-08-08

Overview

The MIT Kerberos administration daemon (kadmind) can free an uninitialized pointer, which may allow a remote, unauthenticated attacker to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service.

Description

The gssrpc__svcauth_gssapi() function used by the Kerberos administration daemon can free an uninitialized pointer when receiving a specially crafted RPC request. This vulnerability may cause memory corruption that could allow a remote, unauthenticated user to execute arbitrary code. According to MIT krb5 Security Advisory MITKRB5-SA-2007-004:

The function gssrpc__svcauth_gssapi() in src/lib/rpc/svc_auth_gssapi.c declares an automatic variable "creds" of type auth_gssapi_creds. This type includes a gss_buffer_desc (which includes a pointer to void used as a pointer to a buffer of bytes). If gssrpc__svcauth_gssapi() receives an RPC credential with a length of zero, it jumps to the label "error", which executes some cleanup code. At this point, the gss_buffer_desc in "creds" is not yet initialized, and the cleanup code calls xdr_free() on "creds", which then attempts to free the memory pointed to by the uninitialized "value" member of the gss_buffer_desc.

Exploitation of freeing of invalid pointers is believed to be difficult, and depends on a variety of factors specific to a given malloc implementation.
Note that this issue affects all releases of MIT krb5 up to and including krb5-1.6.1. MIT has been provided with proof-of-concept exploit code that causes a denial of service, but it's not clear whether the exploit code is publicly available yet.

This vulnerability occurred as a result of failing to comply with rule EXP33-C of the CERT C Programming Language Secure Coding Standard.

Impact

A remote, unauthenticated user may be able to execute arbitrary code on an affected system or cause the affected program to crash, resulting in a denial of service. Secondary impacts of code execution include complete compromise of the Kerberos key database.

Solution

Apply a patch
A patch can be obtained from MIT krb5 Security Advisory MITKRB5-SA-2007-004. MIT also states that this will be addressed in the upcoming krb5-1.6.2 and krb5-1.5.4 releases.

Vendor Information

356961
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Debian GNU/Linux

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  July 30, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

These vulnerabilities have been fixed in Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (stable) in version 1.4.4-7etch2. and for Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (oldstable) in version 1.3.6-2sarge5 via Debian Security Advisory 1323 as in <http://www.debian.org/security/2007/dsa-1323>

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Red Hat, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 26, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

These issues affect the krb5-server package available for Red Hat

Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3, 4, and 5. Updated packages to correct this
issue are available along with our advisories at the URLs below and
via Red Hat Network.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1, 3:
https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2007-0384.html

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, 5:
https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2007-0562.html

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 28, 2007

Status

  Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Sun can confirm that Solaris 8, 9, and 10 are affected by the issue

described in CERT advisory VU#356961.

Sun has published Sun Alert 102914 which includes details of the
Solaris specific impact, contributing factors, workaround options
and resolution information, and is available here:
http://sunsolve.sun.com/search/document.do?assetkey=1-26-102914-1

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

CyberSafe, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

The vulnerabilities referenced in VU#356961 do not apply to CyberSafe
products, including all versions of TrustBroker, ActiveTRUST and
Challenger products.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Microsoft Corporation

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 19, 2007

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Network Appliance, Inc.

Updated:  June 27, 2007

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

NetApp does not ship kadmind.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Apple Computer, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

AttachmateWRQ, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Conectiva Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Cray Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

EMC Corporation

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Engarde Secure Linux

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

F5 Networks, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Fedora Project

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

FreeBSD, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Fujitsu

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Gentoo Linux

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Hewlett-Packard Company

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Hitachi

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

IBM Corporation

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

IBM Corporation (zseries)

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

IBM eServer

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Immunix Communications, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Ingrian Networks, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 26, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

Juniper Networks products do not use Kerberos, and are therefore not susceptible to this set of vulnerabilities.

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

KTH Kerberos Team

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

MIT Kerberos Development Team

Notified:  June 13, 2007 Updated:  June 13, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Mandriva, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 27, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see Mandriva Advisory MDKSA-2007:137.

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

MontaVista Software, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

NEC Corporation

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

NetBSD

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Nokia

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Novell, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Openwall GNU/*/Linux

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

QNX, Software Systems, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

SUSE Linux

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Slackware Linux Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Sony Corporation

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

The SCO Group

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Trustix Secure Linux

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Turbolinux

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Ubuntu

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 27, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Addendum

Please see Ubuntu Security Notice USN-477-1.

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

Unisys

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

Wind River Systems, Inc.

Notified:  June 18, 2007 Updated:  June 18, 2007

Status

  Unknown

Vendor Statement

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

Vendor Information

The vendor has not provided us with any further information regarding this vulnerability.

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References

Acknowledgements

Thanks to MIT for reporting this vulnerability, who in turn credit Wei Wang of McAfee Avert Labs.

This document was written by Will Dormann.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2007-2442
Severity Metric: 5.40
Date Public: 2007-06-26
Date First Published: 2007-06-26
Date Last Updated: 2007-08-08 16:47 UTC
Document Revision: 18

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