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HTTP Parsing Vulnerabilities in Check Point Firewall-1

Vulnerability Note VU#790771

Original Release Date: 2004-02-05 | Last Revised: 2004-04-23

Overview

Several versions of Check Point Firewall-1 contain a vulnerability that allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code with administrative privileges.

Description

The HTTP Security Servers component of Check Point Firewall-1 contains an HTTP parsing vulnerability that is triggered by sending an invalid HTTP request through the firewall. When Firewall-1 generates an error message in response to the invalid request, a portion of the input supplied by the attacker is included in the format string for a call to sprintf().

Researchers at Internet Security Systems have determined that it is possible to exploit this format string vulnerability to execute commands on the firewall. The researchers have also determined that this vulnerability can be exploited as a heap overflow, which would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code. In either case, the commands or code executed by the attacker would run with administrative privileges, typically "SYSTEM" or "root". For more information, please see the ISS advisory.

Impact

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on affected firewalls with administrative privileges, typically "SYSTEM" or "root".

Solution

Apply the patch from Check Point

Check Point has published a "Firewall-1 HTTP Security Server Update" to address this vulnerability. For more information, please see the Check Point bulletin at:

http://www.checkpoint.com/techsupport/alerts/security_server.html

Disable the affected components


Check Point has reported that their products are only affected by this vulnerability if the HTTP Security Servers feature is enabled. Therefore, affected sites may be able to limit their exposure to this vulnerability by disabling HTTP Security Servers.

Vendor Information

790771
 
Affected   Unknown   Unaffected

Check Point

Notified:  February 02, 2004 Updated:  February 06, 2004

Status

  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.

Addendum

The CERT/CC has no additional comments at this time.

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CVSS Metrics

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

References

Acknowledgements

This vulnerability was discovered and researched by Mark Dowd of ISS X-Force.

This document was written by Jeffrey P. Lanza.

Other Information

CVE IDs: CVE-2004-0039
Severity Metric: 17.10
Date Public: 2004-02-04
Date First Published: 2004-02-05
Date Last Updated: 2004-04-23 14:45 UTC
Document Revision: 30

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