Date: 06 December 2004
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2004.0756 -- iDEFENSE Security Advisory 12.03.2004
Apple Darwin Streaming Server DESCRIBE Null Byte Denial of
6 December 2004
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: Apple Darwin Streaming Server
Operating System: Mac OS X
Impact: Denial of Service
CVE Names: CAN-2004-1123
Original Bulletin: http://www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id=159
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Apple Darwin Streaming Server DESCRIBE Null Byte Denial of Service
iDEFENSE Security Advisory 12.03.2004
December 03, 2004
Darwin Streaming Server is an open source version of Apple's QuickTime
Streaming Server technology that allows you to send streaming media to
clients across the Internet using the industry standard RTP and RTSP
Remote exploitation of an input validation vulnerability in Apple
Computer Inc.'s Darwin Streaming Server allows attackers to cause a
denial of service condition. The vulnerability specifically occurs due
to insufficient sanity checking on arguments to DESCRIBE requests. A
remote attacker can send a request for a location containing a null byte
to cause a denial of service condition resulting in the following
Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
[Switching to Thread 1026 (LWP 9648)]
0x4207ac9e in chunk_free () from /lib/i686/libc.so.6
#0 0x4207ac9e in chunk_free () from /lib/i686/libc.so.6
#1 0x4207ac24 in free () from /lib/i686/libc.so.6
#2 0x08096406 in FindOrCreateSession (inPath=0x408caf3c,
inParams=0x81746f0, inData=0x0, isPush=0, foundSessionPtr=0x0) at
Successful exploitation allows any remote unauthenticated attacker to
crash the targeted server, thereby preventing legitimate users from
accessing streamed content.
iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in Darwin
Streaming Server 5.0.1. It is suspected that earlier versions are also
Employ firewalls, access control lists or other TCP/UDP restriction
mechanisms to limit access to systems and services.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The following updates are available from Apple Downloads
(http://www.apple.com/support/downloads//) to address this
Mac OS X 10.2.8 Client
Mac OS X 10.2.8 Server
Mac OS X 10.3.6 Client
Mac OS X 10.3.6 Server
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
names CAN-2004-1123 to these issues. This is a candidate for inclusion
in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
09/10/2004 Initial vendor notification
09/15/2004 Initial vendor response
12/03/2004 Coordinated public disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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