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Stack Overflow in Veritas Netbackup Enterprise Server



VERITAS NetBackup Enterprise Server delivers mainframe-class data
protection for the largest UNIX, Windows, Linux, and NetWare enterprise
environments, especially for corporate data centers.

VERITAS NetBackup Server software is cost-effective heterogeneous backup and
recovery solution designed for mid-size organizations, workgroups, and remote


Exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Veritas Netbackup
could lead to a remote Denial Of Service or remote code execution. The
Veritas Netbackup Volume Manager keeps track of the location of volumes
(tapes) needed for backup or restore.

By sending a specially crafted packet to the Volume Manager stack overflow occurs.
This is caused by improper bounds checking.


Exploitation does not require authentication, thereby allowing any remote
attacker to take over the entire system or to disrupt the backup capabilities.


The following versions are confirmed vulnerable:

- Veritas Netbackup 5.0 with MP1 (vmd.exe
- Veritas Netbackup 5.0 with MP2 (vmd.exe
- Veritas Netbackup 5.0 with MP3 (vmd.exe
- Veritas Netbackup 5.0 with MP4 (vmd.exe
- Veritas Netbackup 5.0 with MP5 (vmd.exe
- Veritas Netbackup 5.1 without MP (vmd.exe
- Veritas Netbackup 5.1 with MP1 (vmd.exe
- Veritas Netbackup 5.1 with MP2 (vmd.exe
- Veritas Netbackup 5.1 with MP3A (vmd.exe


Use a firewall to restrict incoming connections to trusted workstations
running the Backup Exec client software, which uses port 13701 TCP.
Latter details released by Symantec state that the vulnerable code may
be able to be exploited through other NetBackup ports/services.


The vendor has released the following advisory to address this vulnerability:

Patches for NetBackup 5.0 and 5.1 are available from the following location:


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-3116 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


09/14/2005 Initial vendor notification
09/14/2005 Initial vendor response
11/10/2005 Public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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