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iDefense Security Advisory 02.06.09: HP Network Node Manager ovlaunch CGI BSS Overflow Vulnerability
From: iDefense Labs <labs-no-reply () idefense com>
Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2009 16:19:34 -0500
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iDefense Security Advisory 02.06.09
Feb 06, 2009
HP Network Node Manager (NNM) is an application suite that is used to
map out and manage network topography. NNM runs on a variety of
platforms, including Linux and multiple versions of Windows. For more
information, see the vendor's site found at the following link.
Remote exploitation of a BSS based buffer overflow vulnerability in
Hewlett-Packard Development Co. LP (HP)'s Network Node Manager could
allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the
The vulnerability exists within the 'ovlaunch' CGI application, which is
used to launch the remote user interface. By sending a specially crafted
request, it is possible to trigger a buffer overflow. The vulnerability
results from an unchecked function call. The buffer that is overflowed
makes it possible to overwrite various pointers that are located after
the buffer in memory.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the affected service. IIS runs CGI
applications with reduced privileges, so a full system compromise is
not possible using only this vulnerability.
In iDefense Labs testing, it was possible to overwrite various pointers
stored after the overflowed buffer. Given this, code execution is
likely to be possible.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Network
Node Manager version 7.53 for Windows. Previous versions may also be
The Linux version of 'ovlaunch' contains the vulnerable code, but it is
not triggered. The actual hostname is used instead of the attacker
supplied 'Host' parameter.
Requiring authentication by modifying the session.conf file is not a
valid workaround for this vulnerability. The vulnerability occurs
during the parsing of requests, before any authentication checks.
However, it is possible to use the IIS configuration manager to require
authentication in order to execute the ovlaunch CGI. Additionally, the
IIS configuration manager can be used to limit connections by IP
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Hewlett-Packard Development Co. LP (HP) has released a patch which
addresses this issue. For more information, consult their advisory at
the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2008-4562 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
06/19/2008 Initial Contact
06/19/2008 Vendor Case # SSRT080092 set
07/10/2008 PoC sent
01/22/2009 Vendor says patch is ready
02/05/2009 Requested CVE
02/05/2009 Requested date coordination
02/06/2009 Coordinated Public Disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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