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iDefense Security Advisory 10.14.08: Sun Java Web Proxy Server FTP Resource Handling Heap-Based Buffer Overflow
Oct 15 2008 12:43AM
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iDefense Security Advisory 10.09.08
Oct 09, 2008
Sun Microsystems Inc's Java System is a collection of server
applications bundled together. One such server application included is
the Web Proxy Server. This software implements proxy services including
HTTP and SOCKSv5.
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Remote exploitation of a heap based buffer overflow in Sun Microsystems
Inc.'s Sun Java Web Proxy could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary
A heap based buffer overflow exists in the handling of FTP resources.
Specifically the vulnerability resides within the code responsible for
handling HTTP GET requests.
Exploitation of this issue allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code
on the server. An attacker would need to locate the vulnerable server
and construct a malicious HTTP GET request. The attacker would then
send the HTTP GET request to the Sun Java Web Proxy Server and upon
processing the request execution of arbitrary code would be possible.
Sun Java System Web Proxy Server 4.0 through 4.0.7 is vulnerable in the
SPARC Platform prior to patch 120981-15
x86 Platform prior to patch 120982-15
Linux prior to patch 120983-15
HP-UX prior to patch 123532-05
Windows prior to patch 126325-05
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Sun Microsystems has officially addressed this vulnerability with Alert
For more information, consult their bulletin at the following URL:
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-4541 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
05/27/2008 Initial vendor notification
05/27/2008 Initial vendor response
10/09/2008 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Joxean Koret.
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