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iDEFENSE Security Advisory 09.01.05: Novell NetMail IMAPD Command Continuation Request Heap Overflow
From: "iDEFENSE Labs" <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 11:32:39 -0400

Novell NetMail IMAPD Command Continuation Request Heap Overflow

iDEFENSE Security Advisory 09.01.05
September 1, 2005


Novell NetMail is an e-mail and calendaring system that is based on
Internet-standard messaging and security protocols. More information
about Novell NetMail is available from:



Remote exploitation of a heap overflow vulnerability in Novell Inc.'s
NetMail IMAP daemon allows unauthenticated attackers to execute
arbitrary code with the privileges of the underlying user.

The problem specifically exists in the handling of command continuation
requests as the user-specified size value is used directly as the
argument to a custom memory allocation wrapper (MMalloc()):

00402CA2 lea ecx, [ebx+1]     ; ebx is attacker controlled
00402CA5 push ecx
00402CA6 call MMmalloc

The MMalloc() routine performs minimal mathematical operations to the
supplied value before allocating memory. An attacker can specify a
malicious number that will result in an integer overflow and cause a
small memory chunk to be allocated. The original and larger supplied
value will be later used in an inline memcpy():

    00402D6E rep movsd           ; destination is attacker allocated
    00402D70 mov ecx, edx
    00402D72 and ecx, 3
    00402D75 rep movsb

This instruction sequence will copy attacker-supplied data beyond the
brims of the allocated heap chunk and arbitrarily overwrite the heap.
Too large a payload will cause an access violation as it writes off the
end of the heap. If the supplied data is large enough, it will corrupt
the heap and eventually result in a classic arbitrary DWORD overwrite
in NTDLL during subsequent heap manipulation:

    77FCC2C0 mov [ecx], eax
    77FCC2C2 mov [eax+4], ecx

By overwriting the address of a soon to be called function, the attacker
can redirect CPU flow and eventually execute arbitrary code.


Successful exploitation of the described vulnerability allows
unauthenticated remote attackers to execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the underlying user, normally NetMailService.


iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of the vulnerability in the latest
version of Novell NetMail, version 3.5.2. It is suspected that earlier
versions of NetMail are also affected.


Employ firewalls, access control lists or other TCP/UDP restriction
mechanisms to limit access to systems and services.


The following vendor advisory has been released to address this



The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-1758 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
security problems.


04/25/2005  Initial vendor notification
04/25/2005  Initial vendor response
09/01/2005  Public disclosure


This vulnerability was discovered by Pedram Amini, OpenRCE

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