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Computer Associates Alert Notification Server Multiple Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities



Computer Associates Alert Notification Server is used by several CA products, including eTrust Integrated Threat Management, to provide notifications to console users.


Remote exploitation of multiple buffer overflow vulnerabilities in Computer Associates International Inc.'s (CA) Threat Manager allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.

When Computer Associates Threat Manager is installed, it also installs the Alert Notification Server (alert.exe) which registers an RPC interface with the GUID 3d742890-397c-11cf-9bf1-00805f88cb72. This interface contains stack-based buffer overflow vulnerabilities within the handling code for several RPC operation codes.


Exploitation allows an attacker to execute code with SYSTEM privileges on the targeted host.

The vulnerable code can be reached remotely using the SMB protocol. As such, valid credentials are required to exploit this vulnerability on Windows XP and newer systems. Windows 2000 based installations do not require credentials.


iDefense confirmed that the Alert Notification Server included with Computer Associates International Inc.'s eTrust Integrated Threat Management r8 for Windows is vulnerable.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.


" CA has provided an update to address the vulnerabilities. The updated Alert service must be manually installed. "

For more information consult Computer Associates' advisory at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CVE-2007-3825 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (, which standardizes names for security problems.


02/27/2007 Initial vendor notification
02/27/2007 Initial vendor response
07/17/2007 Public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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