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iDefense Security Advisory 11.12.07: WinPcap NPF.SYS bpf_filter_init Arbitrary Array Indexing Vulnerability
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 13:00:40 -0500
iDefense Security Advisory 11.12.07
Nov 12, 2007
WinPcap is a software package that facilitates real-time link-level
network access for Windows-based operating systems. A wide range of
open-source projects, including Wireshark, use it. More information is
available at the project's web site at the following URL.
Local exploitation of an invalid array indexing vulnerability in the
NPF.SYS device driver of WinPcap allows attackers to execute arbitrary
code in kernel context.
The problem specifically exists within the bpf_filter_init function. In
several places throughout this function, values supplied from a
potential attacker are used as array indexes without proper bounds
checking. By making IOCTL requests with specially chosen values,
attackers are able to corrupt the stack, or pool memory, within the
Exploitation allows attackers to execute arbitrary code in kernel
The vulnerable device driver is loaded when WinPcap is initialized. This
driver can be set to load on start-up depending on a choice made at
installation time. However, this is not the default setting.
Normally, the device driver is not loaded until an administrator
utilizes a WinPcap dependent application. Once they do, it will become
accessible to normal users as well. When a program using this driver
exits, it is not unloaded. Attackers will continue to have access until
the driver is manually unloaded.
If the option to allow normal user access was chosen at installation
time, attackers will always have access to this device driver.
Consequently, a local attacker without administrator privileges would
have access to sniff, as well as exploit this vulnerability.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version
4.0.1 of WinPcap as included in Wireshark 0.99.6a. The version of
NPF.SYS tested was 188.8.131.521. iDefense suspects older versions to also
iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workaround for this
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The WinPcap Team has addressed this vulnerability by releasing version
4.0.2 of the WinPcap software. For more information, see the following
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5756 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
10/30/2007 Initial vendor notification
10/30/2007 Initial vendor response
11/12/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
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- iDefense Security Advisory 11.12.07: WinPcap NPF.SYS bpf_filter_init Arbitrary Array Indexing Vulnerability iDefense Labs (Nov 12)