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Kaspersky Antivirus Scan Engine PE File Denial of Service Vulnerability



Kaspersky Antivirus is a popular client and gateway virus scanner. For more information see their site:


Remote exploitation of a DoS vulnerability in Kaspersky Lab's Antivirus could allow an attacker to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition.

Kaspersky is vulnerable to a DoS condition when processing a specially crafted PE (portable executable) file. One of the headers in a PE file is the Optional Windows Header section. This section of the PE header contains information needed by the Windows linker and loader. An invalid value for the 'NumberOfRvaAndSizes' field will cause Kaspersky to repeatedly seek and read from the same section of the file in an endless loop.


Exploitation allows attackers to send the scanning engine into an infinite loop. Further attempts to scan files will be prevented.

Exploitation requires that an attacker sends a specially constructed PE file through an e-mail gateway or personal anti-virus client using the Kaspersky scanning engine.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Kaspersky Labs Antivirus Engine version 6.0 for Windows and 5.5-10 for Linux. Previous versions may also be affected. Any products that use the scanning engine are also affected. This includes the Kaspersky mail gateway scanner.


iDefense is currently unaware of any effective workarounds for this issue.


Kaspersky Lab reports that it has fixed this vulnerability as of January 2nd, 2007. In addition, they stated the following.

"There is no need to download any special patches. All installed Kaspersky Lab products are updated automatically through the regular signature-update functionality. There is not need to contact Kaspersky Lab to obtain this fix."


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not been assigned yet.


12/12/2006 Initial vendor notification
12/12/2006 Initial vendor response
01/05/2007 Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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