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GNU Radius SNMP String Length Integer Overflow Denial of Service Vulnerability

09.15.04

BACKGROUND

Radius is used for remote user authentication and accounting.

For more information see:

   http://www.gnu.org/software/radius/radius.html

DESCRIPTION

Remote exploitation of an input validation error in version 1.2 of  GNU
radiusd could allow a denial of service.

The vulnerability specifically exists within the asn_decode_string()
function defined in snmplib/asn1.c. When a very large unsigned number is
supplied, it is possible that an integer overflow will occur in the
bounds-checking code. The daemon will then attempt to reference
unallocated memory, resulting in an access violation that causes the
process to terminate.

ANALYSIS

Successful exploitation allows unauthenticated remote attackers to cause
the radius daemon (radiusd) to crash. This thereby prevents legitimate
users from accessing systems reliant upon the affected radius server for
authentication. This vulnerability does not seem to allow for execution
of code; it is a denial of service condition only. Exploitation requires
that radiusd be compiled with the --enable-snmp option. SNMP support is
not enabled in the default compile.

DETECTION

iDEFENSE has confirmed that GNU Radius 1.1 and 1.2 are vulnerable, if
configured with --enable-snmp at compile time.

WORKAROUND

Disable SNMP support when building radiusd at compile time. Ingress
filtering of UDP port 161 on all interfaces that should not be receiving
SNMP packets may lessen exposure to this vulnerability in affected
environments.

VENDOR RESPONSE

The issue has been addressed in maintenance release version number
1.2.94.

CVE INFORMATION

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
names CAN-2004-0849 to these issues. This is a candidate for inclusion
in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
security problems.

DISCLOSURE TIMELINE

09/10/2004    Initial vendor notification
09/10/2004    Initial vendor response
09/15/2004    Public disclosure

CREDIT

The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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LEGAL NOTICES

Copyright © 2004 Verisign, Inc.

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