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Proftpd 1.3.5a LATEST 0day Follow-up report (Part 2), Patch released!! 29/11/2015 --- Advanced Information Security Corporation



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                              Date: 29/11/2015

                      Credit: Nicholas Lemonias

 

 

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INTRODUCTION

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 ProFTPD is Free and open-source software, compatible with Unix-like

 systems and Microsoft Windows (via Cygwin). Along with vsftpd and

 Pure-FTPd, ProFTPD is among the most popular FTP servers in Unix-like

 environments today. Compared to those, which focus e.g. on simplicity,

 speed or security, ProFTPD's primary design goal is to be a highly

 feature rich FTP server, exposing a large amount of configuration

 options to the user

 

 

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 Description: During a manual source code audit of ProFTPD latest,

 various security issues were discovered. [3]

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CODE SNIPPET (PoC 1)

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 ../../mod_sftp/fxp.c:1217-1251

 

 

static struct fxp_extpair *fxp_msg_read_extpair(pool *p, unsigned char **buf,

    uint32_t *buflen) {

  uint32_t namelen, datalen;

  unsigned char *name, *data;

  struct fxp_extpair *extpair;

  namelen = sftp_msg_read_int(p, buf, buflen);

  if (*buflen < namelen) {

    (void) pr_log_writefile(sftp_logfd, MOD_SFTP_VERSION,

      "SFTP message format error: unable to read %lu bytes of extpair name "

      "data (buflen = %lu)", (unsigned long) namelen, (unsigned long) *buflen);

    SFTP_DISCONNECT_CONN(SFTP_SSH2_DISCONNECT_BY_APPLICATION, NULL);

  }

  name = palloc(p, namelen + 1);

  memcpy(name, *buf, namelen);

  (*buf) += namelen;

  (*buflen) -= namelen;

  name[namelen] = '\0';

  datalen = sftp_msg_read_int(p, buf, buflen);

  if (datalen > 0) {

    data = sftp_msg_read_data(p, buf, buflen, datalen);

  } else {

    data = NULL;

  }

  extpair = palloc(p, sizeof(struct fxp_extpair));

  extpair->ext_name = (char *) name;

  extpair->ext_datalen = datalen;

  extpair->ext_data = data;

  return extpair;

}

 

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RATIONALE

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Part of the SFTP handshake involves "extensions", which are key/value

pairs, comprised of strings.  In SSH, strings are encoded for network

transport as a 32-bit length, followed by the bytes.

 

The mod_sftp module has no manual bounds/length metrics / limitations

when reading SFTP extension key/value data from the network.

 

 

  A malicious attacker might attempt to encode large values, and

allocate more memory than is necessary, resulting in uncontrollable

memory exhaustion / and resource consumption.

 

 

 

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CONCLUSION

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To avoid undue resource exhaustion by a remote client, mod_sftp should

include a patch on the maximum length of acceptable extension

keys/values, as reported by our earlier Proftpd report.

 

 

REPORT TIMELINE

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22/11/2015  Reported to vendor. (Initial Report)  [3]

25/11/2015  Second report to vendor.

 

29/11/2015  Bug Report / Patch circulation.

 

 

Big thanks to TJ from Proftpd for the prompt response to the issue,

and excellent cooperation in security.

 

 

 

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 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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PacketStorm Security

TEAM TESO, w00w00, Netric, b0iler (eyeonsecurity), wootehfoot,

badpack3t (SP), Vandal (Vic), s0kket, mantis, Big_Al , ELFQrin, bob

(dtors),  epic, RaT  for their ~ legendary mark.

 

 

 

 

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REFERENCES

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[1]  Proftpd. 2015. Proftpd Bug Report , MOD_SFTP Bug Report.

[ONLINE] Available at:

http://bugs.proftpd.org/show_bug.cgi?id=4210. [Accessed 29 November 2015].

 

 

[2] Lemonias, N. (2015). SecurityFocus - Proftpd Heap Overflow.

[ONLINE] Securityfocus.com.  Available at:

http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/536953/30/0/threaded

[Accessed 29 November 2015].

 

 

[3] Cnvd.org.cn, (2015). China's Emergency Response Team, Proftpd 1.3.5a report - CERT.[online] Available at: http://www.cnvd.org.cn/flaw/show/CNVD-2015-07798 [Accessed 30 Nov.

2015].