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                 ESB-2001.306 -- FreeBSD-SA-01:49.telnetd
                  telnetd contains remote buffer overflow
                               24 July 2001


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:                telnetd
Vendor:                 FreeBSD
Operating System:       FreeBSD
Impact:                 Root Compromise
Access Required:        Remote

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FreeBSD-SA-01:49                                           Security Advisory
                                                                FreeBSD, Inc.

Topic:          telnetd contains remote buffer overflow

Category:       core
Module:         telnetd
Announced:      2001-07-23
Credits:        Sebastian <scut@nb.in-berlin.de>
Affects:        All releases of FreeBSD 3.x, 4.x prior to 4.4,
                FreeBSD 4.3-STABLE prior to the correction date
Corrected:      2001-07-23
FreeBSD only:   NO

I.   Background

telnetd is the server for the telnet remote virtual terminal protocol.

II.  Problem Description

An overflowable buffer was found in the version of telnetd included
with FreeBSD.  Due to incorrect bounds checking of data buffered for
output to the remote client, an attacker can cause the telnetd process
to overflow the buffer and crash, or execute arbitrary code as the
user running telnetd, usually root.  A valid user account and password
is not required to exploit this vulnerability, only the ability to
connect to a telnetd server.

The telnetd service is enabled by default on all FreeBSD installations
if the 'high' security setting is not selected at install-time. This
vulnerability is known to be exploitable, and is being actively
exploited in the wild.

All released versions of FreeBSD prior to the correction date
including 3.5.1-RELEASE and 4.3-RELEASE are vulnerable to this
problem.  It was corrected prior to the forthcoming release of

III. Impact

Remote users can cause arbitrary code to be executed as the user
running telnetd, usually root.

IV.  Workaround

1) Disable the telnet service, which is usually run out of inetd:
comment out the following lines in /etc/inetd.conf, if present.

telnet	stream	tcp	nowait	root	/usr/libexec/telnetd	telnetd

telnet	stream	tcp6	nowait	root	/usr/libexec/telnetd	telnetd

and execute the following command as root:

# kill -HUP `cat /var/run/inetd.pid`

2) Impose access restrictions using TCP wrappers (/etc/hosts.allow),
or a network-level packet filter such as ipfw(8) or ipf(8) on the
perimeter firewall or the local machine, to limit access to the telnet
service to trusted machines.

V.   Solution

One of the following:

1) Upgrade your vulnerable FreeBSD system to 4.3-STABLE or the
RELENG_4_3 security branch after the respective correction dates.

2) FreeBSD 3.5.1, 4.x systems prior to the correction date:

There are two versions of the patch available, for systems with and
without the /usr/src/crypto/telnet sources.  To determine whether your
system has the crypto-telnet sources installed, perform the following

# ls /usr/src/crypto/telnet/telnetd

A response of

ls: /usr/src/crypto/telnet/telnetd: No such file or directory

indicates you do not have the sources present and should download the
non-crypto-telnet patch.

These patches have been verified to apply to FreeBSD 4.2-RELEASE,
4.3-RELEASE and 3.5.1-STABLE dated prior to 2001-07-20 (users of
3.5.1-RELEASE must have applied the patches from FreeBSD Security
Advisory 00:69 prior to applying this patch).  These patches may or
may not apply to older, unsupported releases of FreeBSD.

2a) For systems with the crypto-telnet sources installed

Download the patch and the detached PGP signature from the following
locations, and verify the signature using your PGP utility.


# cd /usr/src/
# patch -p < /path/to/patch
# cd /usr/src/secure/libexec/telnetd
# make depend && make all install

2b) For systems without the crypto-telnet sources installed

Download the patch and the detached PGP signature from the following
locations, and verify the signature using your PGP utility.


# cd /usr/src/
# patch -p < /path/to/patch
# cd /usr/src/libexec/telnetd
# make depend && make all install

3) FreeBSD 4.3-RELEASE systems:

An experimental upgrade package is available for users who wish to
provide testing and feedback on the binary upgrade process.  This
package may be installed on FreeBSD 4.3-RELEASE systems only, and is
intended for use on systems for which source patching is not practical
or convenient.

If you use the upgrade package, feedback (positive or negative) to
security-officer@FreeBSD.org is requested so we can improve the
process for future advisories.

During the installation procedure, backup copies are made of the files
which are replaced by the package.  These backup copies will be
reinstalled if the package is removed, reverting the system to a
pre-patched state.

Two versions of the upgrade package are available, depending on
whether or not the system has the crypto distribution installed.  To
verify whether your system has the crypto distribution installed,
perform the following command:

# ls /usr/bin/openssl

Possible responses:

/usr/bin/openssl       # This response indicates you have crypto present

ls: /usr/bin/openssl: No such file or directory
                       # This reponse indicates you do not have
                       # crypto present

3a) If crypto is not present

# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/packages/SA-01:49/security-patch-telnetd-01.49.tgz
# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/packages/SA-01:49/security-patch-telnetd-01.49.tgz.asc

Verify the detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

# pkg_add security-patch-telnetd-01.49.tgz

3b) If crypto is present

# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/packages/SA-01:49/security-patch-telnetd-crypto-01.49.tgz
# fetch ftp://ftp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/CERT/packages/SA-01:49/security-patch-telnetd-crypto-01.49.tgz.asc

Verify the detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

# pkg_add security-patch-telnetd-crypto-01.49.tgz

Version: GnuPG v1.0.6 (FreeBSD)
Comment: For info see http://www.gnupg.org


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