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Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability



Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold is a Microsoft Windows based network monitoring
application. More information is available at:


Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Ipswitch
Inc.'s WhatsUp Gold allows attackers to execute arbitrary code under the
privileges of the user that instantiated the application.

The problem specifically exists in the _maincfgret.cgi script accessible
through the web server installed by WhatsUp Gold. By posting a long
string for the value of 'instancename', a buffer overflow occurs
allowing an attacker to redirect the flow of control and eventually
execute arbitrary code.


Successful exploitation allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary
code under the privileges of the user that instantiated the application.
The WhatsUp Gold web server is not enabled by default.


iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability against
WhatsUp Gold version 8.03. iDEFENSE has confirmed that the latest
version of WhatsUp Gold, version 8.03 Hotfix 1, is not vulnerable.


Disable the WhatsUp Gold web server if it is not required.


The buffer overflow is repaired in WhatsUp Gold, version 8.03 Hotfix 1.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2004-0798 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


08/12/2004    Initial vendor notification
08/12/2004    iDEFENSE clients notified
08/12/2004    Initial vendor response
08/25/2004    Public disclosure


The discoverer wishes to remain anonymous.

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