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           ESB-2004.0811 -- iDEFENSE Security Advisory 12.21.04
      Hewlett Packard HP-UX ftpd Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
                             22 December 2004


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:           ftpd
Publisher:         iDEFENSE
Operating System:  HP-UX
Impact:            Execute Arbitrary Code/Commands
                   Root Compromise
Access:            Remote/Unauthenticated

Original Bulletin: http://www.idefense.com/application/poi/display?id=175

Comment:           ftpd is only vulnerable if debug logging (-v) is turned on, 
                   which is not the default configuration.

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Hewlett Packard HP-UX ftpd Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

iDEFENSE Security Advisory 12.21.04
December 21, 2004


HP-UX FTP Daemon is a service included in HP-UX that implements the File

Transfer Protocol.


Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in the file 
transfer protocol (FTP) daemon included in multiple versions of Hewlett-
Packard Development Co.'s (HP) HP-UX allows attackers to gain remote 
root access in certain configurations. 

The problem specifically exists when the FTP daemon is configured via 
/etc/inetd.conf to log debug information using -v switch. This is a not 
a default configuration option. When parsing a long command request, an 
exploitable stack overflow will occur. The overflow occurs before 
authentication, thus eliminating the need for a local or anonymous FTP 


Exploitation of this vulnerability allows unauthenticated remote 
attackers to execute arbitrary code under the privileges of the FTP 
daemon server, usually root. The severity of this issue is mitigated by 
the fact that in most production environments, administrators will not 
be using the debug-logging feature of FTP daemon.


iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in HP-UX 
11.11i. It is suspected that previous versions are also vulnerable.

To determine if a specific configuration is vulnerable, check 
/etc/inetd.conf for the ftpd line and see if the debug switch is 

grep 'ftpd' /etc/inetd.conf | grep -- -v 

If the above command returns text, then the FTP daemon is running in 
debug mode.


Do not use the -v flag in the FTP daemon entry line in /etc/inetd.conf. 
If debug-logging is necessary, consider allowing only trusted hosts 
access to the service using firewall rules or TCP wrappers.


This vulnerability was addressed in the following patches:

HP-UX B.11.00: PHNE_29460 
HP-UX B.11.04: PHNE_31034 
HP-UX B.11.11: PHNE_29461 
HP-UX B.11.22: PHNE_29462 


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.


12/02/2004  Initial vendor notification
12/03/2004  Initial vendor response
12/21/2004  Public disclosure


iDEFENSE Labs is credited with this discovery.

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Copyright (c) 2004 iDEFENSE, Inc.

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