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iDEFENSE Security Advisory 05.24.05: Ipswitch IMail IMAP LOGIN Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
From: "iDEFENSE Labs" <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 16:09:20 -0400

Ipswitch IMail IMAP LOGIN Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities

iDEFENSE Security Advisory 05.24.05
www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id=243&type=vulnerabilities
May 24, 2005

I. BACKGROUND

Ipswitch Collaboration Suite (ICS) is a comprehensive communication and 
collaboration solution for Microsoft Windows with a customer base of 
over 53 million users. More information is available on the vendor's 
website:

     http://www.ipswitch.com/products/IMail_Server/index.html

II. DESCRIPTION

Remote exploitation of several buffer overflow vulnerabilities in 
Ipswitch Inc.'s Imail IMAP server allows attackers to execute arbitrary 
code with System privileges. 

The first vulnerability specifically exists in the handling of a long 
username to the LOGIN command. A long username argument of approximately

2,000 bytes will cause a stack based unicode string buffer overflow 
providing the attacker with partial control over EIP. As this 
vulnerability is in the LOGIN command itself, valid credentials are not 
required. 

The second vulnerability also exists in the handling of the LOGIN 
command username argument, however it lends itself to easier 
exploitation. If a large username starting with one of several special 
characters is specified, a stack overflow occurs, allowing an attacker 
to overwrite the saved instruction pointer and control execution flow. 
Included in the list of special characters are the following: % : * @ & 

Both of these vulnerabilities can lead to the execution of arbitrary
code.

III. ANALYSIS

Successful exploitation allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary 
code with System privileges. Valid credentials are not required to for 
exploitation, which heightens the impact of this vulnerability.

IV. DETECTION

iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in the latest

version of Ipswitch IMAIL, version 8.13. Version 8.12 is also confirmed 
as vulnerable. It is suspected that earlier versions are also 
vulnerable.

V. WORKAROUND

As this vulnerability is exploited before authentication occurs, the 
only effective workaround is to limit access to the IMAP server by 
filtering TCP port 143. If possible, consider disabling IMAP and forcing

users to use POP3.

VI. VENDOR RESPONSE

The vendor has released the following patch to fix this vulnerability:

ftp://ftp.ipswitch.com/Ipswitch/Product_Support/IMail/imail82hf2.exe

The associated vendor advisory can be found at:

http://www.ipswitch.com/support/imail/releases/imail_professional/im82hf
2.html

VII. CVE INFORMATION

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-1255 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
security problems.

VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

04/25/2005  Initial vendor notification
05/10/2005  Initial vendor response
05/24/2005  Public disclosure

IX. CREDIT

The discoverer of the first vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
iDEFENSE Labs is credited with the discovery of the second
vulnerability.

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X. LEGAL NOTICES

Copyright (c) 2005 iDEFENSE, Inc.

Permission is granted for the redistribution of this alert
electronically. It may not be edited in any way without the express
written consent of iDEFENSE. If you wish to reprint the whole or any
part of this alert in any other medium other than electronically, please
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Disclaimer: The information in the advisory is believed to be accurate
at the time of publishing based on currently available information. Use
of the information constitutes acceptance for use in an AS IS condition.
There are no warranties with regard to this information. Neither the
author nor the publisher accepts any liability for any direct, indirect,
or consequential loss or damage arising from use of, or reliance on,
this information.

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