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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2003.0141 -- Snort Vulnerability Advisory
04 March 2003
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Operating System: UNIX
Impact: Root Compromise
Access Required: Remote
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Snort Vulnerability Advisory [SNORT-2003-001]
Affected Snort Versions:
Any version starting with version 1.8 to those before 2003-03-03 1PM/
US/Eastern including 1.9.0 and CVS HEAD (Snort 2.0beta)
A buffer overflow has been found in the snort RPC normalization
routines by ISS X-Force. This can cause snort to execute arbitrary
code embedded within sniffed network packets. This preprocessor is
enabled by default.
Snort 1.9.1 has been released to resolve this issue. For users using
CVS HEAD, a fix has been committed to the source tree.
If you are in an environment that can not upgrade snort immediately,
comment out the line in your snort.conf that begins:
and replace it with
# preprocessor rpc_decode
When the rpc decoder normalizes fragmented RPC records, it incorrectly
checks the lengths of what is being normalized against the current
The rpc decoder in Snort 1.9.1 and above contains new alert options
that can be used to help detect this attack
Option Default State
The first option will alert on any rpc fragmented record it finds.
Large fragments will alert when the reassembled fragment record will
exceed the current packet length. The incomplete record will alert
when there is a partial record found. The alert_multiple_requests will
alert when we find more than one RPC request per packet ( or
reassembled packet ).
Sourcefire has acquired additional bandwidth and hosting to aid users
wishing to upgrade their Snort implementation. Binaries are currently
not available, this is a source release only at this time. As new
binaries become available they will be added to the site.
Source code: http://www.snort.org/dl/snort-1.9.1.tar.gz
GPG Signatures: http://www.snort.org/dl/snort-1.9.1.tar.gz.asc
CVS HEAD (Snort 2.0beta) has been fixed as well.
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Martin Roesch - Founder/CTO, Sourcefire Inc. - (410)290-1616
Sourcefire: Snort-based Enterprise Intrusion Detection Infrastructure
firstname.lastname@example.org - http://www.sourcefire.com
Snort: Open Source Network IDS - http://www.snort.org
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