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                       ESB-2007.1021 -- [UNIX/Linux]
        ClamAV libclamav MEW PE File Integer Overflow Vulnerability
                             19 December 2007


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              ClamAV
Publisher:            iDefense
Operating System:     UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact:               Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
                      Denial of Service
Access:               Remote/Unauthenticated
CVE Names:            CVE-2007-5759

Original Bulletin:

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iDefense Security Advisory 12.18.07
Dec 18, 2007


Clam AntiVirus is a multi-platform anti-virus toolkit released under the
GNU Public License. ClamAV is often integrated into e-mail gateways and
used to scan e-mail messages for viruses. PE, or portable executable,
is the executable file format on Microsoft Windows systems. MEW is one
of the many executable packers that is supported by ClamAV. More
information can be found on the vendor's website at the following URL.



Remote exploitation of an integer overflow vulnerability in Clam
AntiVirus' ClamAV, as included in various vendors' operating system
distributions, allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with the
privileges of the affected process.

The vulnerability exists within the code responsible for parsing PE
files packed with the MEW packer. During unpacking, two untrusted
values are taken directly from the file without being validated. These
values are later used in an arithmetic operation to calculate the size
used to allocate a heap buffer. This calculation can overflow,
resulting in a buffer of insufficient size being allocated. This later
leads to arbitrary areas of memory being overwritten with attacker
supplied data.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the process using libclamav.

In the case of the clamd program, this will result in code execution
with the privileges of the clamav user. Unsuccessful exploitation
results in the clamd process crashing.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in ClamAV
0.91.2. Previous versions may also be affected.


Disabling the scanning of PE files will prevent exploitation. If using
clamscan, this can be done by running clamscan with the '--no-pe'
option. If using clamdscan, set the 'ScanPE' option in the clamd.conf
file to 'no'.


The ClamAV team has addressed this vulnerability within version 0.92.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5759 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
security problems.


10/17/2007  Initial vendor notification
10/18/2007  Initial vendor response
12/18/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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