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From: Marc Maiffret (marceeye.com)
Date: Tue May 15 2001 - 18:08:54 CDT
iPlanet – Netscape Enterprise Web Publisher Buffer Overflow
May 11, 2001
High (Remote SYSTEM level code execution)
Netscape Enterprise 4.1 and prior versions.
The Web Publisher feature in Netscape Enterprise 4.1 is vulnerable to a
buffer overflow. By sending a large buffer containing executable code and a
new Instruction Pointer, an attacker is able to gain remote system shell
access to the vulnerable server.
The overflow itself exists in Publishers handling of the URI (Uniform
Resource Identifier). By specifying GETPROPERTIES, GETATTRIBUTENAMES, or any
other one of the publisher specific methods, we can pass data into
vulnerable section of the server and exploit the vulnerability.
C:\>telnet www.example.com 80
Connecting To www.example.com... connected.
GETPROPERTIES /(buffer) HTTP/1.1
Where (buffer) is 2000 characters.
We have not had time yet to produce a proof of concept exploit, however
expect one soon.
Quote from iPlanet's development team: "The security & stability of
iPlanet's customer's environments is one of our paramount concerns. To
ensure the stability of our customer's environments iPlanet has made
available an NSAPI patch that can be applied to iPlanet Web Server,
The NSAPI patch is available at:
This issue will also be addressed by the release of iPlanet Web Server,
Enterprise Edition version 4.1 Service Pack 8.
Riley Hassell (rileyeeye.com)
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