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Subject: WebObjects DoS
From: Bruce Potter (gdeadFORTNOCS.COM)
Date: Tue Apr 04 2000 - 13:17:24 CDT

We've found a DoS in WebObjects apps (with a possible remote
exploit). So far we've found this problem in
WebObjects 4.5 Developer running with the CGI-adapter
and IIS 4.0 on NT 4.0 SP5. WO 4.5 Beta on Solaris 2.6 with
Netscape Enterprise isn't vulnerable.

Overview: If you send a large (4.1K) header variable to the
webobjects app it will core (fires up doctor watson). This
may result in a remotely executable exploit as the user
running IIS, but I haven't taken the time to check

Implementation: This worked on any app we tested it on,
including "empty" projects that did _nothing_. Construct
a message as follows

POST /scripts/WebObjects.exe/EmptyProject HTTP/1.0
Accept: AAAAAAAAA.... (about 4.1K worth of A's)
Content-Length: 16


That's it. The app will die and fire up a doctor watson window.
From our testing, it appears that as long as you have > 4.1K worth
of headers, the app will die (ie: you don't need to have all the
data in one variable).

We submitted this vulnerablity to Apple last week. To their
credit they responded in a resonable timeframe. According to the
testing done on their end, this DoS is only present when you use
a development license. WO with deployment licenses are not
vulnerable. Our deployment license is "in the mail" so we haven't
been able to test this. Seems a bit odd to me being that you keep
the same software and just change the license key to "upgrade"
from devel to deploy... there's no new software installed. We'll

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