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Computer Associates License Client PUTOLF Buffer Overflow



The Computer Associates License Client/Server applications provide a
method for CA products to register their licenses on the network. The
License Client and Server are distributed with almost all CA software
distributions. More information about Computer Associates software
products is available from:



Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Computer
Associates International Inc. License Server can allow attackers to
execute arbitrary code.

The vulnerability specifically exists in the handling of the filename
used in PUTOLF requests. A PUTOLF request looks something like this:

A0 PUTOLF 1 H A 10 name 2700 File Contents<EOM>

Using a name over 252 bytes long, it is possible to overwrite the saved
instruction pointer, allowing execution of arbitrary code.


Exploitation allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code under the
privileges of Local System (on Windows platforms) or root (on Linux
platforms). The CA License Client runs by default and is packaged with
almost all CA software.


iDEFENSE has confirmed that CA License Client is vulnerable. It
is suspected that most CA products are running vulnerable versions of
the client and/or server.


Use a firewall to only allow trusted hosts to connect to the Computer
Associates License Server and Client ports.


A vendor advisory for this issue is available at:


Patches for this issue are available at:



The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-0582 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion
in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
security problems.


02/08/2005   Initial vendor notification
02/09/2005   Initial vendor response
03/02/2005   Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was discovered by Greg MacManus, iDEFENSE Labs.

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