ZDI-10-185: IBM TSM FastBack Server _Eventlog Format String Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Sep 29 2010 11:26PM
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ZDI-10-185: IBM TSM FastBack Server _Eventlog Format String Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
September 29, 2010

-- CVSS:
10, (AV:N/AC:L/Au:N/C:C/I:C/A:C)

-- Affected Vendors:

-- Affected Products:
IBM Tivoli Storage Manager

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-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Fastback.
Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the FastBack server process
(FastBackServer.exe) which listens by default on TCP port 11406. The
process searches received packet data for a pipe character (0x7c) and
then sends the remaining portion of the string to the event log without
sanitization. By providing a specially crafted string with format
specifiers this can be leveraged to trigger a format string
vulnerability which can lead to arbitrary code execution in the context
of the server process.

-- Vendor Response:
IBM states:
Issue 2

-- Disclosure Timeline:
2010-01-06 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2010-09-29 - Coordinated public release of advisory

-- Credit:
This vulnerability was discovered by:
* Sebastian Apelt (www.siberas.de)

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