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Veritas Backup Exec Agent Error Status Remote DoS Vulnerability



VERITAS Backup Exec is an advanced backup and restore solution for
Microsoft Windows server environments. More information is available
from the vendor's website:



Exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Veritas Software
Corp.'s Backup Exec allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.

The Veritas Backup Exec Agent listens on TCP port 10000 and is
responsible for accepting connections from the backup server when a
backup is to occur. Typically the agent would be installed on most
servers and important workstations in an enterprise environment.
Veritas Backup Exec uses the standard NMDP protocol to communicate with
the listening agents.

The vulnerability specifically exists because of improper handling of
request packets with an unexpected "Error Status" value. Specifically,
any Error Status other than "0" will cause a null pointer dereference,
resulting in an unhandled exception as can be seen as follows.

eax=00000000 ebx=0032ac08 ecx=00000000 
edx=0098a930 esi=0032e1e8 edi=009b5770
eip=008f1c84 esp=00fbfb58 ebp=0032ac30 iopl=0
nv up ei pl nz na pe nc
cs=001b  ss=0023  ds=0023  es=0023  fs=003b  gs=0000  efl=00010202

*** ERROR: Symbol file could not be found.
Defaulted to export symbols for
C:Program FilesVERITASBackup ExecNTndmpsrvr.dll -

008f1c84 8b00     mov     eax,[eax]      ds:0023:00000000=????????

The unhandled exception will result in a crash of the program and a
denial of service condition.


Exploitation does not require authentication, thereby allowing any
remote attacker to cause the denial of service and disruption of backup


iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Backup
Exec for Windows Servers versions 9.0, 9.1 and 10.0. It is suspected
that other versions are also vulnerable.

Several vendors ship or use Veritas software including Hitachi and NEC


Use a firewall to restrict incoming connections to trusted workstations
running the Backup Exec client software which uses port 10000 TCP.


The vendor has addressed this vulnerability in security advisories
VX05-001 and VX05-008:



The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-0772 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion
in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
security problems.


03/16/2005   Initial vendor notification
03/30/2005   Initial vendor response
06/22/2005   Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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