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[ISR] - Novell GroupWise Client Remote Buffer Overflow
From: Francisco Amato <famato () infobyte com ar>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 01:20:16 -0300

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|| 07.27.2005

.:: SUMMARY Novell GroupWise Client Remote Buffer Overflow Version: GroupWise 6.5.3, It is suspected that all previous versions of Groupwise Client are vulnerable. .:: BACKGROUND GroupWise Client is Novell's premier Intranet/Internet GroupWare solution for platform Windows. More info: http://www.novell.com .:: DESCRIPTION
This issue is due to a failure of the application to securely parse the file
that contain the labels of different views.
To reproduce this, we have to modify the ofview file that corresponds to the
language of the postoffices. In spanish lenguage it is GWVW02ES.INI
For example, we take the section [Group Task] and set the label
ES02TKS.VEW with the value ("A" x 174).
Then, when we open the application client and make the authentication, after
that occur the buffer overflow.
Information of Registers:
EAX 00000001
EDX 00E80608
EBX 41414141
ESP 0012F74C
EBP 0012F7B0
ESI 00E80000
EDI 41414139
EIP 78495BA9 ntdll.78495BA9
C 0 ES 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
P 1 CS 001B 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
A 0 SS 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
Z 1 DS 0023 32bit 0(FFFFFFFF)
S 0 FS 0038 32bit 7FFDE000(FFF)
T 0 GS 0000 NULL
D 0
O 0 LastErr ERROR_SUCCESS (00000000)
EFL 00010246 (NO,NB,E,BE,NS,PE,GE,LE)
ST1 empty - ??? FFFF 00000000 00000000
ST2 empty - ??? FFFF 00FE00F7 00FB00F7
ST3 empty - ??? FFFF 00FE00F7 00FB00F7
ST5 empty - ??? FFFF 00FF00F8 00FC00F8
ST6 empty - ??? FFFF 00000000 00000000
ST7 empty 256.00000000000000000
3 2 1 0 E S P U O Z D I
FST 0000 Cond 0 0 0 0 Err 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (GT)
FCW 027F Prec NEAR,53 Mask 1 1 1 1 1 1
Asm code line:
If a attacker have access to the postoffices and put a evil GWVW02??.INI, He
could have the posibilite of compromise every user that use the Novell
GroupWise Windows Application. .:: VENDOR RESPONSE
Vendor advisory:
Vendor patch:

07/05/2005  Initial vendor notification
07/06/2005  Initial vendor response
07/27/2005 Coordinated public disclosure .:: CREDIT
Francisco Amato is credited with discovering this vulnerability.
famato][at][infobyte][dot][com][dot][ar .:: LEGAL NOTICES
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