Vulnerability Note VU#688960

Teamware Office contains multiple vulnerabilities in LDAP handling code

Original Release date: 16 Jul 2001 | Last revised: 12 Dec 2002


The Teamware Office suite 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 Teamware Office suite is packaged with a combination X.500/LDAP server that provides directory services. Multiple versions of the Office product contain vulnerabilities that cause the LDAP server to crash in response to traffic sent by the PROTOS LDAPv3 test suite.

In the encoding section of the test suite, this product failed 9 of 16 groups involving invalid encodings for several BER object types.

In the application section of the test suite, this product failed 4 of 32 groups. The remaining 45 groups were not exercised during the test runs. The four failed groups indicate the presence of buffer overflow vulnerabilities.


These vulnerabilities allow a remote attacker to crash affected Teamware LDAP servers, resulting in a denial-of-service condition. They may also allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the Teamware server. The server typically runs with system privileges.


Apply a patch from your vendor

Please consult the Systems Affected section for vendor-specific information on addressing this vulnerability.

Block access to directory services at network perimeter

As a temporary measure, it is possible to limit the scope of these vulnerabilities by blocking access to directory services at the network perimeter. Please note that this workaround does not protect vulnerable products from internal attacks.

            ldap    389/tcp     # Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
            ldap    389/udp     # Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
            ldaps   636/tcp     # ldap protocol over TLS/SSL (was sldap)
            ldaps   636/udp     # ldap protocol over TLS/SSL (was sldap)

Systems Affected (Learn More)

VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
TeamwareAffected09 May 200116 Jul 2001
If you are a vendor and your product is affected, let us know.

CVSS Metrics (Learn More)

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



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.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CAN-2001-1316
  • CERT Advisory: CA-2001-18
  • Date Public: 16 Jul 2001
  • Date First Published: 16 Jul 2001
  • Date Last Updated: 12 Dec 2002
  • Severity Metric: 3.72
  • Document Revision: 36


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