ZDI-08-082: BMC PatrolAgent Version Logging Format String Vulnerability Dec 08 2008 07:38PM
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ZDI-08-082: BMC PatrolAgent Version Logging Format String Vulnerability


December 8, 2008

-- Affected Vendors:

BMC Software

-- Affected Products:

BMC Software Patrol

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TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this

vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 6129.

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-- Vulnerability Details:

This vulnerability allows attackers to execute arbitrary code on

vulnerable installations of BMC PatrolAgent. Authentication is not

required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists due to a format string handling error during

log message writing. Supplying an invalid version number containing

format string tokens to a vulnerable target on TCP port 3181 triggers an

exploitable format string vulnerability which can result in arbitrary

code execution.

-- Vendor Response:

BMC Software states:

BMC has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. Customers

should upgrade PATROL Agent to version 3.7.30

-- Disclosure Timeline:

2008-05-08 - Vulnerability reported to vendor

2008-12-08 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:

This vulnerability was discovered by:

* Anonymous

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