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iDefense Security Advisory 09.26.11: Novell GroupWise iCal RRULE ByWeekNo Memory Corruption Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 09.26.11
Sep 26, 2011
GroupWise is Novell's messaging platform, and includes support for
email, calendaring, and instant messaging. More information is available
at the following website:
Remote exploitation of a memory corruption vulnerability in Novell
Inc.'s GroupWise could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code with
the privileges of the affected service.
This vulnerability is present in the calendar processing code, which
resides within the GroupWise Internet Agent (GWIA) process. The
vulnerability occurs when parsing a malformed calendar recurrence
(RRULE) that recurs weekly. Specifically, by using a negative integer
for the BYWEEKNO property, it is possible to trigger a write operation
beyond the bounds of an allocated heap buffer. This can lead to the
corruption of memory, and the execution of arbitrary code.
Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the affected service. On Windows, the GWIA
process runs with SYSTEM privileges. In order to exploit this
vulnerability, an attacker simply needs to send an email to a valid
user, and attach the malicious calendar file to the email. The targeted
user does not need to download or view the email; processing of the iCal
file occurs automatically on the server as soon as the email is received
by the server.
Novell GroupWise 8.0x up to (and including) 8.02HP2 are vulnerable.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workaround for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Novell has released fixes which addresses this issue. Information about
downloadable vendor updates can be found by clicking on the URLs shown.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2011-2662 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org/), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
07/20/2011 Initial Vendor Notification
07/21/2011 Vendor Reply
09/26/2011 Coordinated Public Disclosure
The discoverer of this vulnerability wishes to remain anonymous.
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