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Re: ISS Security Advisory: Buffer Overflow in Netscape Enterprise and FastTrack Authentication Procedure
From: kap () UAKRON EDU (Keith Piepho)
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 1999 10:39:38 -0500
At 06:47 PM 12/1/99 -0800, you wrote:
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ISS Security Advisory
December 1, 1999
Buffer Overflow in Netscape Enterprise and FastTrack Authentication
Netscape Enterprise Server and Netscape FastTrack Server are widely used
Internet web servers. Internet Security Systems (ISS) X-Force has discovered
a vulnerability in Netscape Enterprise Server and Netscape FastTrack
Server, as well as in the Administration Server supplied with both. There
is a buffer overflow in the HTTP Basic Authentication that can be used to
execute code on the machine as SYSTEM in Windows NT or as root or nobody
in Unix, without requiring authentication. The Administration Service runs
as root in Unix, the Application Server runs as the user 'nobody' by
This vulnerability affects all supported platforms of Enterprise and
FastTrack web servers. Enterprise 3.5.1 through 3.6sp2 and FastTrack 3.01
were found to be vulnerable. Earlier versions may be vulnerable but were not
tested by ISS X-Force.
Does anyone know if this problem is fixed in 3.6sp3? The release notes for
sp3 include the following fixes:
359884. Buffer overflow on large requests causes Security problems.
363755. Buffer overflow in the HTTP Basic authentication.
That second one certainly sounds very similar, but does anyone know for sure?
Keith Piepho kap () uakron edu
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