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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2006.0518 -- [Win][Linux][Solaris][AIX]
Protocol Parsing Bug in SMB Mailslot Parsing in ISS Products
28 July 2006
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: RealSecure Network/Server/Desktop Sensor 7.0
Proventia A/G/M Series
Proventia Server and Desktop
BlackICE Server and PC Protection 3.6
Operating System: AIX
Impact: Denial of Service
CVE Names: CVE-2006-3840
Original Bulletin: http://xforce.iss.net/xforce/alerts/id/230
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Internet Security Systems Security Alert
July 26, 2005
Protocol Parsing Bug in SMB Mailslot Parsing in ISS Products
Access Vector: Remote
Access Complexity: High
Authentication: Not Required
Confidentiality Impact: None
Integrity Impact: None
Availability Impact: Complete
Impact Bias: Availability
Base Score: 2
Exploitability: Proof of concept
Remediation Level: Official Fix
Report Confidence: Confirmed
A protocol parsing bug was discovered within ISS July 2006 XPU
SMB_MailSlot_Heap_Overflow decode. This decode is designed to provide
protection for the Microsoft SMB/TCP Mailslot vulnerability (MS06-035),
but can be adversely affected by certain types of legitimate SMB Mailslot
network traffic. In the worst case scenario, some host-based protection
products will suffer from a denial of service.
See knowledgebase article:
The protocol parsing bug is caused by incorrect parsing of SMB/TCP
Mailslot information. The flaw may be triggered by certain types of
legitimate SMB Mailslot traffic. ISS X-Force has confirmed that
exploitation of this issue, which results in remote access, is NOT possible;
however, it can cause a denial of service. In the worst case scenario,
host-based products will loose network connectivity requiring a host restart.
ISS July XPUs provided virtual patch protection for Microsofts MS06-035
vulnerability. However, a bug in the logic for the virtual patch decode,
SMB_MailSlot_Heap_Overflow, may be triggered when encountering certain
types of legitimate SMB Mailslot traffic, which would result in the protocol
analysis module (PAM) engine not responding to subsequent network
traffic. This denial of service is managed differently by each
ISS product that utilizes PAM. It is important to note that PAM will
successfully protect against possible exploit attempts of the SMB
Mailslot vulnerability (MS06-035).
The default affect of the protocol parsing bug in the ISS protection products
is dependant upon the protection platform. An ISS knowledgebase has
been produced, which details how each protection product handles the
bug, can be found at:
* Firewall best practices and standard default firewall configurations
can help protect networks from attacks that originate outside the enterprise
perimeter. Best practices recommend that systems that are connected to the
Internet have a minimal number of ports exposed. In particular blocking
TCP port 445 at the firewall will help protect systems that are behind
that firewall from attempts to exploit this vulnerability.
* Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 and Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Service Pack 1 do not have services listening on Mailslots in default
ISS X-Force recommends that customers immediately update to the newest
XPU provided by ISS. These XPUs contains a fix for this vulnerability.
ISS has already made the following updates available to remedy this
RealSecure Network 7.0, XPU 24.40
Proventia A Series, XPU 24.40
Proventia G Series, XPU 24.40/1.79
Proventia M Series, XPU 1.79
RealSecure Server Sensor 7.0, XPU 24.40
Proventia Server 1.0.914.1880
RealSecure Desktop 7.0 epk
Proventia Desktop 8.0.812.1790/8.0.675.1790
BlackICE PC Protection 3.6 cpk
BlackICE Server Protection 3.6 cpk
Updates are available from the ISS Download Center:
As a temporary workaround while the updates are being applied and as a
general security best-practice, it is recommended that SMB traffic be
blocked at network perimeters.
ISS X-Force would like to thank the NSFOCUS Security Team for notifying ISS
of the issue.
About Internet Security Systems, Inc.
Internet Security Systems, Inc. (ISS) is the trusted security advisor to
thousands of the world's leading businesses and governments, providing
preemptive protection for networks, desktops and servers. An established
leader in security since 1994, ISS' integrated security platform
automatically protects against both known and unknown threats, keeping networks
up and running and shielding customers from online attacks before they
impact business assets. ISS products and services are based on the proactive
security intelligence of its X-Force research and development team - the
unequivocal world authority in vulnerability and threat research. ISS'
product line is also complemented by comprehensive Managed Security Services.
For more information, visit the Internet Security Systems Web site at
www.iss.net or call 800-776-2362.
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