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another wu-ftpd exploit
From: George Bakos <alpinista () BIGFOOT COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000 01:26:14 -0400

Yesterday www.hack.co.za made available yet another format string stack
overwrite exploit for wu-ftpd 2.6.0-*.  I have seen an increased level of
scanning for port 21 in the past 36 hours, no doubt attributable to this
latest SITE EXEC vulnerability.
This problem is previously addressed by bugtraq id 1387 and CERT/CC
CA-2000-13 http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2000-13.html

The new tool (wu-lnx.c) in the lab against Mandrake 7.1 and RH 6.0 shows
limited success as well as 100% effectiveness against RH 6.2.  Version 2.6.1
does not appear vulnerable.

A preliminary scrub of the code and traces indicated that user data supplied
via the PASS command is stuffed with shellcode and a SITE EXEC then
overwrites a stack pointer to call it.

The following is an entry left in /var/log/messages on the target box.  Note
the last line.

Sep 28 02:46:25 drteeth ftpd[14989]: ANONYMOUS FTP LOGIN FROM
grover.tester.org [192.168.222.1], 
?

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V^L°^K̀1À1Û°^Àèÿÿÿ0bin0sh1..11

As the parent service (inetd) is not affected, here may be no external
indication that a site has been attacked.  Additionally, this is not a buffer
overflow, and no process will exit unexpectedly.  Ndiff and similar
techniques will fail to detect any changes in the status of listening inet
ports on exploited systems.
This is another incarnation of a very serious vulnerability.  If you are
running wu-ftpd 2.60-*, it is advised that you upgrade to the 2.6.1 release.

George Bakos
Systems Security Engineer
EWA-IIT
alpinista () bigfoot com


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