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Computer Associates iTechnology iGateway Service Content-Length Buffer Overflow



iTechnology is an integration technology which provides standard web
service interfaces to third-party products, exposing normalized
security event data and information in XML format.


Remote exploitation of an input validation error in Computer Associates,
Inc.'s iTechnology allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code.

The vulnerability specifically exists in the iGateway service that
listens on port 5250 for standard HTTP or SSL traffic. The iGateway
service fails to properly handle negative HTTP Content-Length values.
iGateway parses the negative content-length value from an HTTP request
and uses the value directly in a malloc() heap allocation call. By
supplying negative values, the heap allocation call will return a very
small buffer. Subsequent to the malloc() call, a memcpy of the supplied
URI into the allocated buffer can overflow into the heap. A remote
attacker can send a request with a very large URI and a negative
content-length to corrupt the heap and potentially execute arbitrary


Successful exploitation of this vulnerability allows remote attackers to
execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM level permissions. The iTechnology
package is distributed with various Computer Associates eTrust brand
software. Any attacker who can reach port 5250 on an affected host can
attempt to exploit this vulnerability.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Computer
Associates iTechnology iGateway 4.0.

It should be noted that iGateway is not a product, however it is a
component included with the following Computer Associates products:

BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.5
BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.1
BrightStor ARCserve Backup for Windows r11
BrightStor Enterprise Backup 10.5
BrightStor ARCserve Backup v9.01
BrightStor ARCserve Backup Laptop & Desktop r11.1
BrightStor ARCserve Backup Laptop & Desktop r11
BrightStor Process Automation Manager r11.1
BrightStor SAN Manager r11.1
BrightStor SAN Manager r11.5
BrightStor Storage Resource Manager r11.5
BrightStor Storage Resource Manager r11.1
BrightStor Storage Resource Manager 6.4
BrightStor Storage Resource Manager 6.3
BrightStor Portal 11.1
eTrust Audit 1.5 SP2 (iRecorders and ARIES)
eTrust Audit 1.5 SP3 (iRecorders and ARIES)
eTrust Audit 8.0 (iRecorders and ARIES)
eTrust Admin 8.1
eTrust Identity Minder 8.0
eTrust Secure Content Manager (SCM) R8
eTrust Integrated Threat Management (ITM) R8
eTrust Directory, R8.1 (DXmanager Only)
Unicenter CA Web Services Distributed Management R11
Unicenter AutoSys JM R11
Unicenter Management for WebLogic / Management for WebSphere R11
Unicenter Service Delivery R11
Unicenter Service Level Management (USLM) R11
Unicenter Application Performance Monitor R11
Unicenter Service Desk R11
Unicenter Service Desk Knowledge Tools R11
Unicenter Asset Portfolio Management R11
Unicenter Service Metric Analysis R11
Unicenter Service Catalog/Assure/Accounting R11
Unicenter MQ Management R11
Unicenter Application Server Management R11
Unicenter Web Server Management R11
Unicenter Exchange Management R11

The vulnerability exists if the iGateway component is older than 4.0.051230.

Affected platforms:
AIX, HP-UX, Linux Intel, Solaris, and Windows


iDefense is unaware of any effective workarounds at this time.


The vendor has released the following advisory to address this


Vendor patches are available for download at:



The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2005-3653 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
security problems.


11/15/2005 Initial vendor notification
11/15/2005 Initial vendor response
01/23/2006 Coordinated public disclosure


iDefense credits Erika Mendoza with the discovery of this vulnerability.

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