Date: 25 November 2011
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AUSCERT Security Bulletin
NetWare XNFS security update
25 November 2011
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: XNFS Server
Operating System: Netware
Impact/Access: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands -- Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names: CVE-2011-4191
Member content until: Sunday, December 25 2011
A vulnerability has been corrected in the XNFS server component of
Novell NetWare 6.5. 
Novell lists the vulnerability as a stack-based buffer overflow that
does not require authentication to exploit (CVE-2011-4191).
"This vulnerability allows XNFS.NLM's stack buffer to be exceeded by
certain oversized incoming packets, when the information sent is
processed by XNFS's xdrDecodeString function. This potentially
results in processor faults, abends, or execution of arbitary code
(for example, due to corrupted code pointers in the stack).
Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.
A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to alter the process's
instruction pointer, or to abend XNFS processes. After 3 of these
abends, NFS services become unresponsive." 
Novell has released a patch (xnfs8d.zip) to correct the vulnerability.
For instructions on installing the patch as well as details of
previous patches included in this file visit the Novell website. 
 NetWare XNFS security updates - Nov 2011
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