The IBM SecureWay Directory 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 IBM SecureWay Directory server contains one or more buffer overflow vulnerabilities in the code that processes LDAP requests. These vulnerabilities were discovered independently by IBM using the PROTOS LDAPv3 test suite.
These vulnerabilities allow a remote attacker to crash affected SecureWay Directory servers, resulting in a denial-of-service condition. It is not known at this time whether these vulnerabilities will allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code. These vulnerabilities exist on the Solaris and Windows 2000 platforms but are not present under Windows NT, AIX, and AIX with SSL.
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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.