SGI Information for VU#298233

Samba contains buffer overflow in SMB/CIFS packet fragment reassembly code



Vendor Statement


SGI Security Advisory

Title : SMB/CIFS Security Vulnerability in Samba
Number : 20030302-01-I
Date : March 19, 2003
Reference: CVE CAN-2003-0085
Reference: CVE CAN-2003-0086
Reference: SGI BUGS 883509 884044
Fixed in : Samba version 2.2.8


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- --- Issue Specifics ---
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It's been reported that there is a SMB/CIFS packet fragment re-assembly code
vulnerability in versions of Samba prior to version 2.2.8. A successful
exploit of this vulnerability could allow an external attacker to remotely
and anonymously gain root privilege on a system running the Samba server.

for more details.

SGI has investigated the issues and recommends the following steps for
neutralizing the exposure. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED that these measures be
implemented on ALL vulnerable SGI systems.

These issues have been corrected in Samba version 2.2.8.

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Samba is an optional product and is not installed by default on IRIX 6.5

To determine the version of IRIX you are running, execute the following

# /bin/uname -R

That will return a result similar to the following:

# 6.5 6.5.16f

The first number ("6.5") is the release name, the second ("6.5.16f" in this
case) is the extended release name. The extended release name is the
"version" we refer to throughout this document.

To see if Samba is installed, execute the following command:

% versions samba_irix
I = Installed, R = Removed

Name Date Description

I samba_irix 07/02/2002 Samba 2.2.4 for IRIX
I 07/02/2002 Samba Online Documentation
I 07/02/2002 Samba 2.2.4 Documentation
I 07/02/2002 Samba 2.2.4 Man Page
I 07/02/2002 Samba 2.2.4 Release Notes
I samba_irix.src 07/02/2002 Samba Source Code
I samba_irix.src.samba 07/02/2002 Samba 2.2.4 Source Code
I samba_irix.sw 07/02/2002 Samba Execution Environment
I samba_irix.sw.base 07/02/2002 Samba 2.2.4 Execution Environment

If the result is similar to the above and the version shown is less than
2.2.8, then the system is vulnerable.

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- --- Temporary Workaround ---
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Though it is possible to limit exposure by filtering what IPs can talk to
your Samba server, there is no effective workaround to fully address these
problems. SGI recommends upgrading to Samba version 2.2.8.

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SGI has provided an instable version of Samba for this vulnerability. Our
recommendation is to upgrade to Samba version 2.2.8.

The free unsupported Samba 2.2.8 version can be currently downloaded
from the following websites:

For customers who have purchased the SGI supported version of Samba
called samba_irix, please contact your SGI Support Representative and
request CD part number 812-0893-010 -- Samba 2.2.8 for IRIX on CD.

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- --- Acknowledgments ----
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SGI wishes to thank the Sebastian Krahmer, the SuSE security team, the Samba
Group and the users of the Internet Community at large for their assistance
in this matter.

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Version: 2.6.2


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