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@stake Advisory: DocumentDirect for the Internet (A090800-1)
From: "@stake Advisories" <advisories () ATSTAKE COM>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 09:18:47 -0400

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The vulnerability documented in this advisory is remotely exploitable
yet we are releasing it on a Friday.  We don't see this as adding any
additional risk to DocumentDirect customers.  The vendor, Mobius,
has assured us that they have contacted all their customers and
given them a fixed version of the software.

Weld Pond
weld () atstake com

                              @stake Inc.

                           Security Advisory

Advisory Name: DocumentDirect for the Internet (A090800-1)
 Release Date: 09/08/2000
  Application: Mobius DocumentDirect for the Internet 1.2
     Platform: Windows NT 4.0
     Severity: There are several buffer overflow conditions
               that could result in execution of arbitrary
               code or a denial of service.
      Authors: David Litchfield [dlitchfield () atstake com]
               Mark Litchfield [mlitchfield () atstake com]
 Contributors: Frank Swiderski [fes () atstake com]
               Chris Eng [ceng () atstake com]
Vendor Status: Fixed version of software available
          Web: www.atstake.com/research/advisories/2000/a090800-1.txt


        Mobius' DocumentDirect for the Internet is a custom CGI
application for Windows NT 4.0 that enables Internet-based viewing
of documents.  Clients access the document management system using a
standard web browser.  DocumentDirect's interface is customizable for
each enterprise's environment.  Authorization is supported via a sign-on
ID and password, and fine-grained control can be exercised over the
content made available to each individual user.  It supports multiple
document types, including PostScript, PDF, and various word processing
and image file formats.

        There are several different buffer overflow conditions in the
DocumentDirect for the Internet web application that could result in
the execution of arbitrary code, or at the very least, a denial of
service against the DocumentDirect Process Manager.

Detailed Description:

        There are a several methods that can be used to overflow various
static buffers in the DocumentDirect web application.  The simplest
is to issue the following HTTP command, which overflows a buffer in

        GET /ddrint/bin/ddicgi.exe?AAAAAAAAAA...AAAAA=X HTTP/1.0

        In this instance, if the field ID consists of at least 1553 A's,
the flow of execution returns immediately to 0x41414141.  A properly
crafted string could easily result in the execution of malicious code.

        A second overflow occurs when an overly long username is passed
to DocumentDirect's web authorization form.  A minimum of 208 characters
are required in the username field in order to overwrite the saved return
address.  There is a continuation of execution issue, as the code must
be permitted to return from several nested functions before exploit
code is run.  However, a carefully selected exploit string could be
written to evade these limitations.  This overflow occurs in DDIPROC.EXE
rather than DDICGI.EXE, so an improperly written exploit will kill
the DocumentDirect Process Manager, resulting in a denial of service
for any DocumentDirect applications that are dependent on the Process
Manager.  It is not clear whether or not the Process Manager would be
adversely affected if code was executed as a result of the overflow.

        A third overflow occurs when the "User-Agent" parameter contains
an excessivly long string.  The overflow causes an access violation in
DDICGI.EXE.  An example is:

        GET /ddrint/bin/ddicgi.exe HTTP/1.0\r\nUser-Agent: AAA...AAA\r\n\r\n

        It should be noted that any arbitrary code that is run as a
result of these buffer overflows will execute in the context of the
application containing the overflow.  While DDICGI.EXE executes as a
cgi-bin type application and typically executes as the equivalent to
"nobody", other applications such as the Process Manager may be
executing with elevated privileges.

        A cursory examination of the DocumentDirect for the Internet
executable reveals liberal usage of static character buffers.  As such,
there are probably numerous additional overflow conditions that @stake
did not uncover in this initial audit.

Temporary Solution:

        If a web access control product is currently in use, restrict
access to DocumentDirect to only those IP addresses associated with
known DocumentDirect users.  If DocumentDirect is hosted on a dedicated
webserver, create a firewall rule or a router ACL to restrict inbound
access to that machine until a fix is released.

        Another temporary workaround would be to implement HTTP basic
authentication on the /ddrint/bin directory.  By doing this, users
would need to authenticate before accessing the CGI application.  This
way, if someone did attempt to exploit one of the vulnerabilities, it
could be traced back to an individual user via the webserver logs.

        As these problems exist in a compiled binary, the temporary
solutions are awkward without vendor involvement.  Some other examples
of temporary solutions would include binary editing of the application
at hand or creating wrapper programs to sanitize the string lengths
being handed to said application.

Vendor Response:

        Vendor has contacted all of its customers and offered an
upgraded fixed version of the software.

For more advisories: http://www.atstake.com/research/index.html
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