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IBM DB2 db2fmp buffer overflow (#NISR05012005A)
From: "NGSSoftware Insight Security Research" <nisr () nextgenss com>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 17:47:09 -0000

NGSSoftware Insight Security Research Advisory

Name: IBM DB2 db2fmp buffer overflow
Systems Affected: DB2 8.1/7.x   
Severity: High risk from local
Vendor URL: http://www.ibm.com/
Author: David Litchfield [ david at ngssoftware.com ]
Relates to: http://www.nextgenss.com/advisories/db2-02.txt
Date of Public Advisory: 5th January 2005
Advisory number: #NISR05012005A
Advisory URL: http://www.ngssoftware.com/advisories/db205012005A.txt

IBM's DB2 database server suffers from a local attack whereby passing an
overly parameter to the db2fmp binary will overflow a stack based buffer.

db2fmp is used for running fenced libraries. A fenced library is one that is
not loaded into the main DB2 process so in the event of an error the server
is not taken down as well. On unix based versions of DB2, db2fmp is
installed setuid root. Exploiting this buffer overrun can allow a local
attacker to gain root privileges.

Note - Some versions may drop root privileges before the overflow can be

Note - Whilst the overflow is present on Windows platforms it cannot be
exploited to gain elevated privileges.

Fix Information
IBM has written a patch and can be obtained with the latest fixpak.

http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/db2/udb/support/downloadv8.html - DB2
http://www-306.ibm.com/software/data/db2/udb/support/downloadv7.html - DB2

NGSSQuirreL for DB2 (http://www.nextgenss.com/db2.htm) can be used to assess
whether your DB2 server is vulnerable to this.

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