Public Vulnerability Reports

Computer Associates BrightStor ARCserve Backup UniversalAgent Buffer Overflow

04.11.05

BACKGROUND

BrightStor ARCserve Backup provides backup and restore protection for
all classes of Windows, NetWare, Linux and UNIX servers, as well as
Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, UNIX, AS/400 and VMS client environments.

DESCRIPTION

Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Computer
Associates International Inc's BrightStor ARCserve Backup UniversalAgent
may allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.

The BrightStor software uses a network agent to perform backups on nodes
across the network. This agent service requires either administrative
credentials or a node-specific password and is capable of backing up
system settings as well as files. This agent will listen on TCP and UDP
ports 6050 by default.

When an agent request is received on the TCP port, with the "option"
field set to 0, 3 or 1000, and a large string preceding this "option"
field in the packet, an overflow will occur. The agent software
includes its own exception handler, preventing the service from
actually crashing. Each time an exception occurs due to this overflow,
the handler will kick in and restore the service back to an operating
state. This particular overflow will cause three exceptions, two of
which are non-exploitable, and one which can be used to hijack
execution.

ANALYSIS

Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows for a remote
unauthenticated compromise with system level access. Although
exploitation of this vulnerability is not trivial, it has been shown
that it can be done reliably.

DETECTION

Computer Associates BrightStor ARCserve Backup v11 (Win32) has been
confirmed vulnerable.

WORKAROUND

Employ firewalls, access control lists or other TCP/UDP restriction
mechanism to limit access to systems and services.

VENDOR RESPONSE

Vendor advisories and patches for this vulnerability are available at:

BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.1 for Windows (all components):
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66526& startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.1 Client Agent for Windows only:
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66527&startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.1 for Windows - 64 bit edition:
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66534&startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.0 for Windows:
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66525&startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.0 for Windows - 64 bit edition:
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66535&startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup v9.01 for Windows English (all components):
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66528&startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup v9.01 for Windows Non-English (all components):
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66529&startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup v9.01 for Windows - 64 bit edition:
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66536&startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup v9.01 Client Agent for Windows only (English):
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66530&startsearch=1

BrightStor ARCserve Backup v9.01 Client Agent for Windows only (Non-English):
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66531&startsearch=1

BrightStor Enterprise Backup v10.5 for Windows:
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66524&startsearch=1

BrightStor Enterprise Backup v10.5 for Windows - 64 bit edition:
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66533&startsearch=1

BrightStor Enterprise Backup v10.0 for Windows:
http://supportconnect.ca.com/sc/solcenter/solresults.jsp?aparno=QO66523&startsearch=1

CVE INFORMATION

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-1018 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion
in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
security problems.

DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

12/02/2004 Initial vendor notification
12/02/2004 Initial vendor response
04/11/2005 Coordinated public disclosure

CREDIT

The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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