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ISS Security Brief: ProFTPD ASCII File Remote Compromise Vulnerability (fwd)
From: Dave Ahmad <da () securityfocus com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2003 10:25:54 -0600 (MDT)


Internet Security Systems Security Brief
September 23, 2003

ProFTPD ASCII File Remote Compromise Vulnerability


ISS X-Force has discovered a flaw in the ProFTPD Unix FTP server. ProFTPD
is a highly configurable FTP (File Transfer Protocol) server for Unix
that allows for per-directory access restrictions, easy configuration of
virtual FTP servers, and support for multiple authentication mechanisms.
A flaw exists in the ProFTPD component that handles incoming ASCII file


An attacker capable of uploading files to the vulnerable system can
trigger a buffer overflow and execute arbitrary code to gain complete
control of the system. Attackers may use this vulnerability to destroy,
steal, or manipulate data on vulnerable FTP sites.

Affected Versions:

ProFTPD 1.2.7
ProFTPD 1.2.8
ProFTPD 1.2.8rc1
ProFTPD 1.2.8rc2
ProFTPD 1.2.9rc1
ProFTPD 1.2.9rc2

Note: Versions previous to version 1.2.7 may also be vulnerable.

For the complete ISS X-Force Security Advisory, please visit:


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online resources from an ever-changing spectrum of threats and misuse.
Internet Security Systems is headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with
additional operations throughout the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe
and the Middle East.

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