Check Point Advisories

Novell eDirectory SOAP Handling Accept Language Header Heap Overflow (CVE-2008-4479)

Check Point Reference: CPAI-2008-354
Date Published: 7 Dec 2009
Severity: Critical
Last Updated: 16 Dec 2018
Source:
Industry Reference:CVE-2008-4479
Protection Provided by:

Security Gateway
R80, R77, R75

Who is Vulnerable?
Vulnerability Description Novell eDirectory is an X.500 and LDAP compatible directory service software product developed by Novell, Inc. for centrally managing access to resources on multiple servers and computers within a given network.
The product is made available for multiple platforms including NetWare, Unix-like systems, and Windows. There exists a buffer overflow vulnerability in Novell eDirectory. The flaw is due to boundary error when processing SOAP-HTTP requests. By supplying overly large data to the Accept-Language header, a remote unauthenticated attacker can leverage this vulnerability to inject and execute arbitrary code on the target host with System or root level privileges. An attack targeting this vulnerability can result in the injection and execution of arbitrary code. If code execution is successful, the behaviour of the target will depend on the intention of the attacker. Any injected code will be executed within the system or root privileges. In the case of an unsuccessful code execution attack, eDirectory web console might terminate abnormally.

Protection Overview

This protection will detect and block attempts to exploit this vulnerability

In order for the protection to be activated, update your Security Gateway product to the latest IPS update. For information on how to update IPS, go to SBP-2006-05, click on Protection tab and select the version of your choice.

Security Gateway R80 / R77 / R75

  1. In the IPS tab, click Protections and find the Novell eDirectory SOAP Handling Accept Language Header Heap Overflow protection using the Search tool and Edit the protection's settings.
  2. Install policy on all Security Gateways.

This protection's log will contain the following information:

Attack Name:  Web Server Enforcement Violation.
Attack Information:  Novell eDirectory SOAP handling accept language header heap overflow

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