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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2006.0026 -- [Win]
RIM BlackBerry Enterprise Server Attachment Service does not
properly handle PNG image files
11 January 2006
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES)
Operating System: Windows
Impact: Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
Denial of Service
CVE Names: CVE-2005-2344
Original Bulletin: http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/646976
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US-CERT Vulnerability Note VU#646976
RIM BlackBerry Enterprise Server Attachment Service does not properly
handle PNG image files
The Research in Motion (RIM) BlackBerry Attachment Service contains
a vulnerability in the way the service handles PNG files. By causing
the service to render a specially crafted PNG file and convincing a
user to view the file on a BlackBerry Handheld device, an attacker
could execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service to the
The BlackBerry Attachment Service is a component of the BlackBerry
Enterprise Server (BES). The BlackBerry Attachment Service renders
certain types of files sent as email attachments for display on
BlackBerry Handhelds and other BlackBerry client devices. A
vulnerability in the way the service renders Portable Network Graphic
(PNG) format image files could allow an attacker supplying a specially
crafted PNG file to execute arbitrary code or cause the service to
stop functioning. A user must view the attacker-supplied attachment
on a BlackBerry Handheld in order to trigger the vulnerability.
The underlying vulnerability may be related to the way PNG uses zlib.
By supplying a specially crafted PNG image as an email attachment and
convincing a user to view the image on a BlackBerry Handheld, a remote,
unauthenticated attacker could execute arbitrary code or cause a
denial of service to the Blackberry Attachment Service. The attacker
may be able to take control of a vulnerable system.
A denial of service may only affect some users, and the Attachment
Service may start new threads immediately or after a specified time
period (25 minutes by default).
From RIM Technical Knowledge Center article KB-04756:
For Microsoft Exchange
Install BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.0 Service Pack 3, then
install version 4.0 Service Pack 3, Hotfix 1.
For IBM Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise
Install BlackBerry Enterprise Server 4.0 Service Pack 3.
To obtain the BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, go to
Disable PNG processing, image attachment distiller, and/or Attachment Service
As described in RIM Technical Knowledge Center article KB-04756, "An
administrator can exclude PNG images from being processed by the
Attachment Service in the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, or disable
the Attachment Service completely."
Vendor Status Date Updated
Research in Motion (RIM) Vulnerable 9-Jan-2006
This vulnerability was reported by FX of Phenoelit. Thanks to RIM for
information used in this document.
This document was written by Art Manion.
Date Public 12/27/2005
Date First Published 01/09/2006 03:58:52 PM
Date Last Updated 01/09/2006
CVE Name CVE-2005-2344
Document Revision 22
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