AntiSniff DNS Overflow Vulnerability

Certain versions of @Stake Inc.'s Antisniffer software contain a remotely exploitable buffer overflow. AntiSniff is a program that was released by L0pht Heavy Industries in July of 1999. It attempts, through a number of tests, to determine if a machine on a local network segment is listening to traffic that is not directed to it (commonly referred to as sniffing). During one particular test there is a problem if a packet that does not adhere to DNS specifications is sent to the AntiSniff machine. This can result in a buffer overflow on the system running AntiSniff. If the packet is crafted appropriately this overflow scenario can be exploited to execute arbitrary code on the system.

This scenario is only possible if AntiSniff is configured to run the DNS test and only during the time the test is running. Nonetheless, it is a vulnerability that should not be ignored and has even been found in other promiscuous mode detection programs as well.


This information was taken verbatim from the L0pht advisory on the subject. This advisory is attached in full in the 'Credit' section of this advisory.


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