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iDefense Security Advisory 12.01.06: Novell ZENworks Asset Management Collection Client Heap Overflow Vulnerability
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Fri, 01 Dec 2006 16:01:18 -0500
Novell ZENworks Asset Management Collection Client Heap Overflow
iDefense Security Advisory 12.01.06
Dec 01, 2006
Novell Inc's ZENworks is a set of tools used to automate IT management and
business processes across the various computing resources within an
The Collection Client provides functionality, as a service, that will
supply the Collection Server with information regarding the managed
machine's hardware and software configuration.
For more information, visit http://www.novell.com/products/zenworks/
Remote exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in Novell Inc.'s
ZENworks Asset Management could potentially allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges on Windows or root on the various
supported UNIX based operating systems.
A heap overflow may occur when processing specially crafted packets sent
to the Collection Client daemon. The root cause of this vulnerability is
identical to that of the vulnerability in Msg.dll. For more information
please consult the Msg.dll advisory.
Successful exploitation of this vulnerability could allow a remote attacker
to take complete control of the affected system.
While researching this vulnerability, iDefense Labs found that the Task
Server and Collection Server components were also affected. It seems that
the Collection Client is statically linked with the Msg.dll library.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version
188.8.131.52 of the CClient.exe and Msg.dll files included with Novell Inc's
ZENworks Asset Management 7.0 SP1. Older versions are suspected to be
vulnerable as well.
iDefense is unaware of an effective workarounds for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Novell's ZENworks team has addressed this vulnerability within ZENworks 7
Asset Management SP1 IR11. More information can be found by visiting
VII. CVE INFORMATION
A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
10/16/2006 Initial vendor notification
10/19/2006 Initial vendor response
12/01/2006 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Eric Detoisien.
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- iDefense Security Advisory 12.01.06: Novell ZENworks Asset Management Collection Client Heap Overflow Vulnerability iDefense Labs (Dec 02)