Digital Armaments Security Advisory 01.09.2006: Apache auth_ldap module Multiple Format Strings Vulnerability Jan 09 2006 06:36PM
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Digital Armaments advisory is 12.22.2005

I. Background

auth_ldap is an LDAP authentication module for Apache, the world's most popular web server. auth_ldap has excellent performance, and supports Apache on both Unix and Windows NT. It also has support for LDAP over SSL, and a mode that lets Microsoft Frontpage clients manage their web permissions while still using LDAP for authentication.
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II. Problem Description

Due to an insecure usage of the function apache logging function (ap_log_rerror) in auth_ldap_log_reason function it's possible to run abitrary code on the server running the module. For example this can generate a custom format string that can be supplied by the attacker throught the username given during the apache authentication process but several parts of the module are affected.

III. Detection

This problem has been detected on latest version of auth_ldap 1.6.0 and on prior version from 1.2.x. It persist on all platforms where auth_ldap can be compiled.

IV. Impact analisys

Successful exploitation allow an attacker to gain access to the system. Exploit code is required.

V. Solution

First notification 12.22.2005.
Second notification 01.09.2006.
The vendor answered second notification.
A new patched version will be available.

VI. Credit

Seregorn - seregon (at) bughunter (dot) net [email concealed] is credited with this discovery.

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VII. Legal Notices

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