Snort Information for VU#916785

Buffer overflow in Snort RPC preprocessor



Vendor Statement

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Snort Vulnerability Advisory [SNORT-2003-001]

Date: 2003-03-03

Affected Snort Versions:

Any version starting with version 1.8 to those before 2003-03-03 1PM/
US/Eastern including 1.9.0 and CVS HEAD (Snort 2.0beta)


A buffer overflow has been found in the snort RPC normalization
routines by ISS X-Force.  This can cause snort to execute arbitrary
code embedded within sniffed network packets. This preprocessor is
enabled by default.

Snort 1.9.1 has been released to resolve this issue. For users using
CVS HEAD, a fix has been committed to the source tree.


If you are in an environment that can not upgrade snort immediately,
comment out the line in your snort.conf that begins:

preprocessor rpc_decode

and replace it with

# preprocessor rpc_decode


When the rpc decoder normalizes fragmented RPC records, it incorrectly
checks the lengths of what is being normalized against the current
packet size.

The rpc decoder in Snort 1.9.1 and above contains new alert options
that can be used to help detect this attack

Option                    Default State

alert_fragments           INACTIVE
alert_large_fragments     ACTIVE
alert_incomplete          ACTIVE
alert_multiple_requests   ACTIVE

The first option will alert on any rpc fragmented record it finds.
Large fragments will alert when the reassembled fragment record will
exceed the current packet length.  The incomplete record will alert
when there is a partial record found.  The alert_multiple_requests will
alert when we find more than one RPC request per packet ( or
reassembled packet ).

Download Locations:

Sourcefire has acquired additional bandwidth and hosting to aid users
wishing to upgrade their Snort implementation.  Binaries are currently
not available, this is a source release only at this time.  As new
binaries become available they will be added to the site.

Source code:
GPG Signatures:

CVS HEAD (Snort 2.0beta)  has been fixed as well.

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Martin Roesch - Founder/CTO, Sourcefire Inc. - (410)290-1616
Sourcefire: Snort-based Enterprise Intrusion Detection Infrastructure -
Snort: Open Source Network IDS -
Version: GnuPG v1.0.7 (Darwin)


Vendor Information

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

Vendor References



An updated version of Snort (1.9.1) is available from: