ZDI-07-031: Samba smb_io_notify_option_type_data Heap Overflow Vulnerability May 15 2007 08:36PM
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ZDI-07-031: Samba smb_io_notify_option_type_data Heap Overflow Vuln
May 15, 2007

-- CVE ID:

-- Affected Vendor:

-- Affected Products:
Samba 3.0.0 - 3.0.25rc3

-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since May 2, 2007 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 5318. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:


-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Samba. User interaction is not required to
exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists in the parsing of RPC requests to the SPOOLSS
RPC interface. When parsing a request to RFNPCNEX, heap allocation is
calculated based on user input. By specifying invalid values, heap
blocks can be overwritten leading to remote code execution.

-- Vendor Response:
Samba has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details
can be found at:


-- Disclosure Timeline:
2007.04.25 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2007.05.02 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2007.05.15 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.

-- About the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI):
Established by TippingPoint, a division of 3Com, The Zero Day Initiative
(ZDI) represents a best-of-breed model for rewarding security
researchers for responsibly disclosing discovered vulnerabilities.

Researchers interested in getting paid for their security research
through the ZDI can find more information and sign-up at:


The ZDI is unique in how the acquired vulnerability information is used.
3Com does not re-sell the vulnerability details or any exploit code.
Instead, upon notifying the affected product vendor, 3Com provides its
customers with zero day protection through its intrusion prevention
technology. Explicit details regarding the specifics of the
vulnerability are not exposed to any parties until an official vendor
patch is publicly available. Furthermore, with the altruistic aim of
helping to secure a broader user base, 3Com provides this vulnerability
information confidentially to security vendors (including competitors)
who have a vulnerability protection or mitigation product.

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