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[TZO-21-2009] Fprot CAB bypass / evasion
From the low-hanging-fruit-department
F-prot generic CAB bypass / evasion
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Release mode: Coordinated but limited disclosure.
Ref : [TZO-21-2009] - F-prot CAB bypass / evasion
WWW : http://blog.zoller.lu/2009/04/advisory-f-prot-frisk-cab-bypass.html
Vendor : http://www.f-prot.com
Status : Current version not patched, next engine version patched
Date unknown, vendor doesn't answer any longer.
CVE : none provided
Credit : none prodided
OSVDB vendor entry: none 
Security notification reaction rating : better thn last time
Notification to patch window : n+1 (no patch for current build)
Disclosure Policy :
Affected products :
# F-PROT AVES (High: complete bypass of engine)
# F-PROT Antivirus for Windows (unknown)
# F-PROT Antivirus for Windows on Mail Servers : (High: complete bypass of engine)
# F-PROT Antivirus for Exchange (High: complete bypass of engine)
# F-PROT Antivirus for Linux x86 Mail Servers : (High: complete bypass of engine)
# F-PROT Antivirus for Linux x86 File Servers : (High: complete bypass of engine)
# F-PROT Antivirus for Solaris SPARC / Solaris x86 Mail Servers (High: complete bypass of engine)
# F-PROT Milter - for example sendmail (High: complete bypass of engine)
# F-PROT Antivirus for Linux on IBM zSeries (S/390) (High: complete bypass of engine)
# F-Prot Antivirus for Linux x86 Workstations (unknown)
OEM Partners affected :
- Autentium (all)
Command Software Systems, an Authentium company, has been developing and
selling an antivirus solution utilizing the powerful F-PROT Antivirus
engine since 1991.
OEM Partner unknown status :
- Sendmail, Inc.
Quote: "FRISK Software International, established in 1993, is one of the
world's leading companies in antivirus research and product development.
FRISK Software produces the hugely popular F-Prot Antivirus products range
offering unrivalled heuristic detection capabilities. In addition to this,
the F-Prot AVES managed online e-mail security service filters away the
nuisance of spam e-mail as well as viruses, worms and other malware that
increasingly clog up inboxes and threaten data security."
The parsing engine can be bypassed by a specially crafted and formated
CAB (Filesize) archive.
A general description of the impact and nature of AV Bypasses/evasions
can be read at :
The bug results in denying the engine the possibility to inspect
code within CAB archives. There is no inspection of the content
at all and hence the impossibility to detect malicious code.
IV. Disclosure timeline
10/04/2009 : Send proof of concept, description the terms under which
I cooperate and the planned disclosure date.
15/04/2009 : FRISK responds that they were unable to find any archive
program that is able to extract the file and that some
archive programs tested suffer from an integer overflow
extracting the file.
15/04/2009 : Inform FRISK that the sample should extract fine.
20/04/2009 : FRISK responds that they were unable to find any archive
program that is able to extract the file.
20/04/2009 : Inform FRISK that the sample should extract fine.
22/04/2009 : FRISK responds that they were unable to find any archive
program that is able to extract the file. However it will
be patched nonetheless "being low-priority, it will not be
added to the 4.4 branch. In other words, the fix will be
included in the next engine released."
22/04/2009 : Sending FRISK a slightly modified POC (same field, different
value) that extracts fine and still bypasses the engine. Ask
vendor to confirm that the new engine catches the POC.
27/04/2009 : Resending previous mail asking to check whether the patch has
been effectively closed
08/05/2009 : Release of this advisory.
F-prot is encouraged to leave their security contact details at
to facilate communication and reduce lost reports.