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iDefense Security Advisory 05.07.08: Multiple Vendor rdesktop iso_recv_msg() Integer Underflow Vulnerability
May 07 2008 11:35PM
iDefense Labs (labs-no-reply idefense com)
iDefense Security Advisory 05.07.08
May 07, 2008
rdesktop is an open source client that speaks the Remote Desktop
Protocol (RDP). This allows Unix-based users to login to Windows
Terminal Servers. More information is available at the following URL.
Remote exploitation of an integer underflow vulnerability in rdesktop,
as included in various vendors' operating system distributions, allows
attackers to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the
The vulnerability exists within the code responsible for reading in an
RDP request. When reading a request, a 16-bit integer value that
represents the number of bytes that follow is taken from the packet.
This value is then decremented by 4, and used to calculate how many
bytes to read into a heap buffer. The subtraction operation can
underflow, which will then lead to the heap buffer being overflowed.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the logged in user. In order to exploit this
vulnerability, an attacker must persuade a targeted user to connect to a
malicious RDP server.
iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in rdesktop
version 1.5.0. Previous versions may also be affected.
iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workaround for this
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The rdesktop maintainer has addressed this vulnerability with CVS
revision 1.20 of iso.c. For more information, visit the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-1801 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
11/12/2007 Initial vendor notification
11/19/2007 Initial vendor response
05/07/2008 Public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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