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iDefense Security Advisory 02.07.08: IBM DB2 Universal Database Administration Server Memory Corruption Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 02.07.08
Feb 07, 2008


IBM Corp.'s DB2 Universal Database product is a large database server
product commonly used for high end databases. The DB2 Administration
Server (DAS) provides functionality that implements the Java-based DB2
Control Center GUI. For more information, visit IBM's DB2 product site
at the following URL.



Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability within version
9.1 of IBM Corp.'s DB2 Universal Database Administration Server (DAS)
allows attackers to crash the service or potentially execute arbitrary
code in the context of the affected service.

When handling certain remote administration requests, the Administration
Server uses a 32-bit pointer value supplied by the remote client. By
supplying carefully chosen address values, an attacker can cause memory
corruption or force the program to access invalid memory locations.


Exploitation allows attackers to crash the service or execute arbitrary
code within the context of the affected service. No authentication
credentials are required. The attacker only needs the ability to
establish a TCP session with the DAS on TCP port 523.

By default this service runs as "dasusr1" on Linux and "db2admin" on
Windows. In the Linux version of the DAS, the process is monitored by a
fault monitoring process and will restart automatically after a few
seconds. This monitoring process does not exist in the Windows version.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in the DAS
(db2dassrm) as included with DB2 9.1 with Fix Pack 2 for both Linux and
Windows platforms. Previous versions, as well as builds for other
platforms, are suspected to be vulnerable.


Employing firewalls to limit access to the affected service will
mitigate exposure to this vulnerability.


IBM Corp. has addressed these vulnerabilities by releasing V9 Fix Pack 4
and V8 FixPak 16 of its Universal Database product. More information can
be found at the following URLs.

V8: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21256235
V9: http://www-1.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21255572


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-3676 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
security problems.


06/18/2007  Initial vendor notification
06/20/2007  Initial vendor response
08/14/2007  V8 Fix Pack 15 made available
08/15/2007  V9 Fix Pack 3 made available
10/10/2007  V9 Fix Pack 3a made available
11/13/2007  V9 Fix Pack 4 made available
01/28/2008  V8 Fix Pack 16 made available
02/05/2008  V8 Fix Pack 16 fix list made available
02/07/2008  Public disclosure


The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.

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