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NSFOCUS SA2003-04 : Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in Web Management Interface of Cisco Secure ACS
Apr 24 2003 04:02AM
NSFOCUS Security Team (security nsfocus com)
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NSFOCUS Security Advisory(SA2003-04)
Topic: Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in Web Management Interface of
Cisco Secure ACS
Release Date: 2003-04-24
CVE CAN ID: CAN-2003-0210
Cisco Secure ACS 2.6.4 for Windows and earlier
Cisco Secure ACS 3.0.3 for Windows and earlier
Cisco Secure ACS 3.1.1 for Windows and earlier
NSFOCUS Security Team has found a security vulnerability during the WEB
management interface of Cisco Secure ACS handling certain parameters. Exploiting
the vulnerability attackers could cause the service to hang or run arbitrary
Cisco Secure Access Control Server(ACS) is a high-performance, highly scalable,
centralized user access control framework. It supports centralized access and
audit for dial access server, VPN and firewall, and IP voice(VoIP) solutions,
as well as user based on standard IEEE 802.1x for wireless users of Cisco
Aironet 350 wireless integration solution.
The management of Cisco Secure ACS is implemented via WEB interface. Cisco
Secure ACS will install a service known as "CSAdmin"( the corresponding program
of which is CSAdmin.exe) on the system. Once the service is enabled it listens
on TCP/2002 port and accepts HTTP request.
A buffer overflow vulnerability occurs during CSAdmin.exe handling login.exe
request. Receiving the login request CSAdmin.exe will call wsprintfA to handle
the user parameter without any length check on the parameter. If attackers
send an extremely long user parameter to the server, they might cause a buffer
overflow, resulting in service hanging or restarting. With carefully
crafted data attacker could run arbitrary code with CSAdmin process
privilege(typically LocalSystem) on the server.
Block access to the port TCP/2002 of the host running Cisco Secure ACS from
untrusted IPs on the firewall.
2003-03-16 Informed the vendor.
2003-03-23 The vendor confirmed the vulnerability.
2003-04-23 The vendor released an advisory and patches for this issue.
Cisco Bug ID: CSCea51366
The Cisco advisory is available at:
Cisco ACS 3.1(1) - CSAdmin-Patch-3.1-1-27.zip
Cisco ACS 3.0(3) - CSAdmin-Patch-3.0-3-6.zip
Cisco ACS 2.6 - CSAdmin-patch-2.6-4-4.zip
Fixes to the CSAdmin will be included in ACS for windows versions 2.6.5,
3.0.4 and 3.1.2, and later.
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2003-0210 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the
CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security
problems. Candidates may change significantly before they become official
This vulnerability was discovered by Yang Yu of NSFOCUS Security Team.
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