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Wireshark 1.4.0 Malformed SNMP V1 Packet Denial of Service

yangdnnipc.org.cn
Date: Mon Sep 13 2010 - 00:42:10 CDT


Wireshark 1.4.0 Malformed SNMP V1 Packet Denial of Service

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I. Summary

A flaw has been identified in Wireshark 1.4.0 concerning the ASN.1/BER dissector that will cause a denial of service (stack overflow and null pointer dereference in exception handling code).

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II. Description

Wireshark makes use of protocol dissectors to parse packet data and organize its contents into a meaningful representation. Upon encountering an SNMP v1 packet, the ASN.1/BER dissector, as implemented in $SRC_ROOT/epan/dissectors/packet-ber.c, will be invoked to process the BER encoded content, i.e. variable bindings in the SNMP PDU. If this field is filled with an extremely long string, e.g. a sequence of 14000 'A's, a recursive call in function dissect_unknown_ber() would consume too much stack space, causing stack overflow in most configurations and later a null pointer deference in the exception handling code.

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III. Impact

Denial of service (null pointer deference and application crash)

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IV. Affected

Wireshark 1.4.0, tested with Windows XP SP2. Previous versions may also be affected due to code reuse.

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V. Solution

Since the ASN.1/BER dissector is used by several protocol dissectors, it may be inadequate to disable SNMP protocol dissection only. There is no known workaround at this time.

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VI. Credit

The penetration test team Of NCNIPC (China) is credited for this vulnerability.