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MIT Kerberos contains array overrun in RPC library used by kadmind

Vulnerability Note VU#374121

Original Release Date: 2008-03-18 | Last Revised: 2011-07-22

Overview

Vulnerabilities in the MIT Kerberos libgssrpc library may allow an attacker to cause a denial of service or potentially execute arbitrary code.

Description

The MIT krb5 Kerberos implementation includes a GSS RPC library used in the Kerberos administration server (kadmind). Two flaws exist in the libgssprc library that can cause an array overrun if too many file descriptors are opened. These flaws result in a vulnerability that could allow memory corruption in the kadmind server.

MIT notes that in software versions 1.4 and later, this flaw can only be exploited in configurations that allow large numbers of open file descriptors in a process. In software versions before 1.3, a similar flaw can be exploited in similar circumstances but is further limited to platforms that do not define certain macros in certain C system header files.

Impact

An unauthenticated remote attacker can cause memory corruption in the libgssrpc library used by kadmind. kadmind will crash, thereby resulting in a denial of service. MIT notes that it is at least theoretically possible for such corruption to result in database corruption or arbitrary code execution.

Solution

Upgrade or apply a patch from the vendor
Patches have been released to address these issues. Please see the Systems Affected section of this document for more details.


Workaround

Before starting kadmind, use "ulimit -n" for Bourne shell and derivatives or "limit descriptors" for C shell and derivatives. Or use similar resource-limiting mechanisms in the invoking process to limit the maximum open file descriptors. The chosen limit should be less than or equal to the value of the FD_SETSIZE macro typically defined in the <sys/select.h> header file.

Vendor Information

374121
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

MIT Kerberos Development Team

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 18, 2008

Status

  Vulnerable

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

The MIT Kerberos Development Team has published MIT krb5 Security Advisory MITKRB5-SA-2008-002 in response to this issue. Users are encouraged to review this advisory and apply the appropriate patch or workaround.

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

Ubuntu

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 19, 2008

Status

  Vulnerable

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

Ubuntu has published Ubuntu Security Notice USN-587 in response to this issue. Users are encouraged to review this notice and apply the updates it refers to.

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

Cisco Systems, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 10, 2008

Statement Date:   March 10, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

PSIRT confirms our products that run MIT Kerberos are not affected by these vulnerabilities.

Vendor Information

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

Computer Associates

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 18, 2008

Statement Date:   March 15, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

FYI - no CA products ship or statically link with Kerberos libraries, so we do
not consider any CA products to be vulnerable.

Vendor Information

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

Force10 Networks, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  July 22, 2011

Status

  Not 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.

Intel Corporation

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Statement Date:   March 06, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No issue with disclosure timelines. Checked internally and Intel is not using MIT Kerberos in our product mix.

Vendor Information

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

Intoto

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Statement Date:   March 06, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Status: Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement:

Intoto products are not affected due to the potential exploits documented
in this vulnerability note, because they do not use MIT Kerberos
implementation.

Vendor Information

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

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  April 03, 2008

Statement Date:   March 19, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Juniper Networks products are not susceptible to this vulnerability.

Vendor Information

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

Microsoft Corporation

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  April 03, 2008

Statement Date:   March 20, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Please update your advisory to indicate that Microsoft is not vulnerable.

Vendor Information

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

Secure Computing Network Security Division

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Statement Date:   March 06, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

No Secure Computing products make use of MIT Kerberos.

Vendor Information

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

Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 18, 2008

Statement Date:   March 11, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

Sun's Kerberos implementation is not impacted by these issues so you can
mark us down as 'Not Impacted'.  CERT VU#895609 corresponds to krb4 which
we don't support and we managed to address CERT VU#374121 in a different
bug fix years ago.

Vendor Information

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

TippingPoint, Technologies, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 18, 2008

Statement Date:   March 11, 2008

Status

  Not Vulnerable

Vendor Statement

TippingPoint does not use the Kerberos implementation its products.

Vendor Information

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

3com, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

AT&T

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Alcatel

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Apple Computer, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Avaya, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Avici Systems, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Borderware Technologies

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Check Point Software Technologies

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Clavister

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Computer Associates eTrust Security Management

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Conectiva Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Cray Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

D-Link Systems, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Data Connection, Ltd.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Debian GNU/Linux

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

EMC Corporation

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Engarde Secure Linux

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Enterasys Networks

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Ericsson

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Extreme Networks

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

F5 Networks, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Fedora Project

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Fortinet, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Foundry Networks, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

FreeBSD, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Fujitsu

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Global Technology Associates

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Hewlett-Packard Company

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Hitachi

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Hyperchip

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

IBM Corporation

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

IBM Corporation (zseries)

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

IBM eServer

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

IP Infusion, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Ingrian Networks, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Internet Security Systems, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Linksys (A division of Cisco Systems)

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Lucent Technologies

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Luminous Networks

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Mandriva, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

McAfee

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

MontaVista Software, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Multinet (owned Process Software Corporation)

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Multitech, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

NEC Corporation

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

NetBSD

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Network Appliance, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

NextHop Technologies, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Nortel Networks, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Novell, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Openwall GNU/*/Linux

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

QNX, Software Systems, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Quagga

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Red Hat, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Redback Networks, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Riverstone Networks, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

SUSE Linux

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Slackware Linux Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Sony Corporation

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Stonesoft

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Symantec, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

The SCO Group

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Trustix Secure Linux

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Turbolinux

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Unisys

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Watchguard Technologies, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

Wind River Systems, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

ZyXEL

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.

eSoft, Inc.

Notified:  March 06, 2008 Updated:  March 06, 2008

Status

  Unknown

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.


CVSS Metrics

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

References

Credit

Thanks to Ken Raeburn of the MIT Kerberos Team for reporting this vulnerability. MIT credits Jeff Altman of Secure Endpoints with discovering and reporting this issue in software version 1.6.3 and the Red Hat Security Response Team for reporting relevant information about older versions of the software.

This document was written by Chad R Dougherty.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2008-0947, CVE-2008-0948
Severity Metric: 2.87
Date Public: 2008-03-18
Date First Published: 2008-03-18
Date Last Updated: 2011-07-22 12:53 UTC
Document Revision: 16

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