Date: 18 July 2007
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AUSCERT External Security Bulletin Redistribution
ESB-2007.0533 -- [Win][UNIX/Linux][Solaris][AIX][OSX]
IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment TFTP
Blocksize DoS Vulnerability
18 July 2007
AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary
Product: IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager
Operating System: UNIX variants (UNIX, Linux, OSX)
Impact: Denial of Service
CVE Names: CVE-2007-3268
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IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment TFTP Blocksize DoS
iDefense Security Advisory 07.17.07
Jul 17, 2007
IBM Corp.'s Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment is a network
boot server that facilitates central management of networked
workstations. It implements Preboot Execution Environment (PXE), a
Web-based administration service, DHCP, TFTP, and several additional
protocols. More information can be found at the following URL.
Remote exploitation of a denial of service vulnerability within version
188.8.131.52 of IBM Corp.'s Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment
allows attackers to deny service to all product functionality.
This vulnerability specifically exists in the TFTP protocol
implementation. When processing a read request (RRQ), an integer
division by zero error can be triggered by supplying an invalid
"blksize" argument. This exception is not handled and will result in
the rembo.exe service terminating.
Exploitation allows an attacker to cause the service to terminate
unexpectedly due to an exception that occurs when dividing by zero.
No authentication is required to access the vulnerable code. The
attacker need only be able to send a specially crafted request to the
TFTP port (UDP port 69) of the vulnerable machine.
This will deny service to all functionality provided by this service.
This includes DHCP, TFTP, PXE, HTTP, HTTPS, as well as several other
iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in version
184.108.40.206 of IBM Corp.'s Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment.
Version 220.127.116.11 was tested and found not to be vulnerable.
Employing firewalls to limit access to the affected service will
mitigate exposure to this vulnerability.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The IBM Tivoli team has addressed this vulnerability within Tivoli
Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment 5.1 Fix Pack 3. More information
is available from IBM Document swg24016347 at the following URL.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-3268 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
06/19/2007 Initial vendor notification
06/19/2007 Initial vendor response
07/17/2007 Coordinated public disclosure
This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Manuel Santamarina
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