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iDefense Security Advisory 01.15.08
iDefense Security Advisory 01.15.08: TIBCO SmartSockets RTServer Multiple Untrusted Loop Bounds Vulnerabilities
Jan 15, 2008
TIBCO SmartSockets is a message passing framework used to transport
messages over disparate channels. The RTserver is the server component
of the framework. More information can be found on the vendor's web
site at the following URL.
Remote exploitation of multiple untrusted loop bounds vulnerabilities in
TIBCO Software Inc.'s SmartSockets RTserver may allow an attacker to
crash the service or execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.
When processing requests, SmartSockets uses values from the requests to
control the number of iterations of several loops. Inside these loops,
various memory operations are performed. Since attackers can control
these values, potentially exploitable conditions arise.
Exploitation allows an attacker to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM
privileges. Unsuccessful attempts will likely crash the RTserver. The
service does not restart, which makes repeated exploitation attempts
The RTserver is the core component of the SmartSockets framework.
Without it, applications will be unable to pass messages. The severity
of these issues will likely vary depending on the the application using
the SmartSockets framework.
iDefense has confirmed the existence of these vulnerabilities in TIBCO
SmartSockets version 6.8.0. Previous versions may also be affected.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for these issues.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
TIBCO has addressed these vulnerabilities by releasing new versions of
their software. For more information, consult their advisory at the
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5656 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
10/23/2007 Initial vendor notification
12/04/2007 Second vendor notification
12/05/2007 Initial vendor response
01/15/2008 Public disclosure
These vulnerabilities were discovered McSlibin and Sean Larsson of
VeriSign iDefense Labs.
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