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ZDI-07-057: Firebird process_packet() Remote Stack Overflow Vulnerability
From: zdi-disclosures () 3com com
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2007 14:51:56 -0700
ZDI-07-057: Firebird process_packet() Remote Stack Overflow
October 10, 2007
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Firebird SQL 2.0.2
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since October 9, 2007 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 5627. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable installations of Firebird SQL server. Authentication is not
required to exploit this vulnerability.
The specific flaw exists within the database service fbserver.exe,
which binds to TCP port 3050. When processing an overly long request, a
stack buffer can be overflowed through a vulnerable call to sprintf()
within the function process_packet(). If properly exploited, remote
control of the affected system can be attained with SYSTEM credentials.
-- Vendor Response:
Firebird has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More
details can be found at:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2007.09.14 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2007.10.09 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2007.10.10 - Coordinated public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous researcher.
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