ZDI-08-001: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Express Backup Server Heap Overflow Vulnerability Jan 14 2008 06:51PM
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ZDI-08-001: IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Express Backup Server Heap Overflow



-- CVE ID:


-- Affected Vendor:


-- Affected Products:

Tivoli Storage Manager Express 5.3

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-- Vulnerability Details:

This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on

vulnerable installations of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Express.

Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw resides in the TSM Express Backup Server service,

dsmsvc.exe, which listens by default on TCP port 1500. The process

trusts a user-supplied length value. By supplying a large number, an

attacker can overflow a static heap buffer leading to arbitrary code

execution in the context of the SYSTEM user.

-- Vendor Response:


-- Disclosure Timeline:

2007.12.05 - Vulnerability reported to vendor

2008.01.14 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:

This vulnerability was discovered by Sebastian Apelt

(webmaster (at) buzzworld (dot) org [email concealed]) and also independently

reported by Tenable Network Security

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