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iDefense Security Advisory 12.08.06: Sophos Antivirus CHM File Heap Overflow Vulnerability
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Fri, 08 Dec 2006 17:56:37 -0500
Sophos Antivirus CHM File Heap Overflow Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 12.08.06
Dec 08, 2006
Sophos AntiVirus offers protection from the latest Trojans, worms and
Viruses. More information is available on the vendors site at:
Sophos AntiVirus Engine is vulnerable to a Heap Overflow attack when
scanning malformed CHM archives.
Specifically, if the CHM file has a Window_size of 0 set in a LZX
decompression header then memory corruption will occur.
Malformed CHM files can lead to a heap overflow condition on the local
machine. Files received as email attachments, uploaded via web forms or
otherwise saved to disk may trigger this condition if auto scanning is
enabled on the target machine. Archive scanning is disabled by default and
must be specified in order for this vulnerability to trigger.
iDefense has confirmed this vulnerability in the following Sophos Antivirus
* Sophos Antivirus for Linux
Product version: 4.03
Engine version : 4.05
Previous versions of Sophos Antivirus are suspected vulnerable. Other
Sophos Antivirus products may also be vulnerable.
Windows versions of the Sophos Antivirus product do not appear to be
Disabling the option to scan within archives will prevent exploitation of
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Sophos has addressed this problem with new versions of their products. See
http://www.sophos.com/support/knowledgebase/article/7609.html for more
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2006-5646 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
09/28/2006 Initial vendor notification
10/02/2006 Initial vendor response
12/08/2006 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Damian Put
<pucik () overflow pl>.
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- iDefense Security Advisory 12.08.06: Sophos Antivirus CHM File Heap Overflow Vulnerability iDefense Labs (Dec 09)