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[SecurityLab] Ethereal 0.10.10 SIP Dissector Overflow
From: "Ejovi Nuwere" <ejovi () securitylab net>
Date: Sat, 7 May 2005 21:08:38 -0400

Advisory Name: Ethereal 0.10.10 SIP Dissector Overflow
 Release Date: 05/07/05
  Application: Ethereal 0.10.10 and Prior
     Platform: Multiple
     Severity: A remote attacker can execute arbitrary commands
       Author: Ejovi Nuwere <ejovi{AT}securitylab.net>
Vendor Status: Vendor has published patch  
    Reference: http://www.securitylab.net/ethereal-0-10-10.txt


Ethereal is a popular open source network sniffer. It has the ability to
inspect and dissect more then 600 protocols. Ethereal is used by network
professionals around the world for troubleshooting, analysis, software
and protocol development, and education. It runs on all popular
computing platforms, including Unix, Linux, and Windows.

SecurityLab Technologies has discovered a exploitable overflow in
Ethereal's SIP dissector resulting from the strcpy() of a overly long
string into a fixed buffer.

To exploit this vulnerability an attacker does not need to know the
location of the sniffing Ethereal. As long as the hostile packet is
directed at the network being observed by the victim.

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability will lead to execution of
arbitrary commands on a system running the sniffer with the privileges
of the user running Ethereal.


The overflow occurs while parsing the value of cseq_method, the
guilty code can be found in Packet-sip.c

/* Extract method name from value */
for (value_offset = 0; value_offset < (gint)strlen(value);
                if (isalpha((guchar)value[value_offset]))

value is controlled by the attacker and cseq_method is a fixed
char    cseq_method[16] = "";

Vendor Status:

The Ethereal development team has released a patched version of
Ethereal (0.10.11) which can be downloaded from:

Special thanks:
Tim Newsham for:
        1) Being one of the smartest people we know.
        2) His assistance in debugging this vulnerability.


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Technologies and may be distributed freely provided that no fee
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