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Computer Associates eTrust Intrusion Detection System CPImportKey DoS Vulnerability



Computer Associates International, Inc.'s (CA) eTrust Intrusion
Detection 3.0 is a complete session security solution that incorporates
three key capabilities in one product: network protection, network
session monitoring and Internet web filtering. More information is
available at:


Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Computer
Associates eTrust Intrusion Detection System can allow remote attackers
to cause a denial of service condition.

The vulnerability specifically exists due to insufficient checking on
values passed to Microsoft's Crypto API function CPImportKey. The
CPImportKey function determines certain buffer allocation sizes from
data supplied in the data blob passed to CPImportKey and may be
manipulated to cause the allocation of large buffers if wrapper
functions do not validate the data passed to the Crypto API before
calling CPImportKey. In cases which CPImportKey receives a size value
which exceeds the mapped memory size, an exception is generated and the
memory is never freed.

This condition is met in the design of Computer Associates eTrust
Intrusion Detection System and a specially crafted packet may exhaust
all available memory resources, resulting in a denial of service.


Exploitation may allow remote attackers to cause the intrusion
detection functionality of your network to fail, leading to undetected
further exploitation of other machines on the network. Simple
manipulation of fields in the header of normal remote administration
traffic is all that is required to exploit this vulnerability. It
should also be noted that other applications implementing similar
Microsoft Crypto API functionality may be exploited in the same fashion.


Computer Associates eTrust Intrusion Detection System 3.0 has been
confirmed vulnerable.


Employ firewalls, access control lists or other TCP/UDP restriction
mechanism to limit access to the administration port. In addition, the
use of multiple intrusion detection products is recommended for
sensitive networks.


"Computer Associates has created a workaround that prevents this
component issue from being exploited, by validating the key received
from the "Viewer", and dropping the connection if not valid. This update
to eTrust Intrusion Detection is available only for versions 3.0 and 3.0
SP1, at the following links."

For eTrust Intrusion Detection 3.0 customers, please go to:
QO66181 (r3.0)

For eTrust Intrusion Detection 3.0 SP1 customers, please go to:
QO66178 (r3.0 sp1)


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-0968 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion
in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


12/02/2004   Initial vendor notification
12/02/2004   Initial vendor response
04/05/2005   Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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