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ESB-2007.0909 -- [Win] -- Novell NetWare Client Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

Date: 14 November 2007

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                          ESB-2007.0909 -- [Win]
      Novell NetWare Client Local Privilege Escalation Vulnerability
                             14 November 2007


        AusCERT Security Bulletin Summary

Product:              Novell NetWare Client
Publisher:            iDEFENSE
Operating System:     Windows
Impact:               Administrator Compromise
Access:               Existing Account
CVE Names:            CVE-2007-5667

Original Bulletin:

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iDefense Security Advisory 11.12.07
Nov 12, 2007


The Novell Client software provides a workstation with access to Novell
NetWare networks as well as Novell Open Enterprise Server (OES)
services. Novell Clients can access the full range of Novell services
such as authentication via Novell eDirectory, network browsing and
service resolution, and secure and reliable file system access. More
information about the Novel Client can be found on the vendor's site at
the following URL.


Local exploitation of an input validation error vulnerability within
Novell NetWare Client could allow an unprivileged attacker to execute
arbitrary code within the kernel.

When the Novell NetWare Client is installed on a Windows based operating
system, the driver nwfilter.sys will be loaded at system startup. This
driver allows any user to open the device "\.\nwfilter" and issue
IOCTLs with a buffering mode of METHOD_NEITHER.

The problem specifically exists because the driver allows untrusted user
mode code to pass kernel addresses as arguments to the driver. With
specially constructed input, a malicious user can use functionality
within the driver to patch kernel addresses and execute arbitrary code
within kernel mode.


Exploitation of this vulnerability allows an unprivileged local user to
patch and execute arbitrary code within the kernel. In order to exploit
the vulnerability, an attacker needs to be able to log in to the target
machine and execute a specially crafted executable.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in
nwfilter.sys, file version, as included with Novell's NetWare
Client 4.91 SP4. Other versions are suspected vulnerable as well.


iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.


Novell has addressed this vulnerability by releasing patches that remove
the "nwfilter.sys" driver. For more information, consult Novell's
advisory at the following URL.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-5667 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


09/25/2007  Initial vendor notification
09/25/2007  Initial vendor response
11/12/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Stephen Fewer of Harmony
Security (

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Copyright  2007 iDefense, Inc.

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