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    Cert advisory for Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, and 8

    CERT Advisory CA-2002-11 Heap Overflow in Cachefs Daemon (cachefsd)

    Original release date: May 06, 2002
    Last revised:
    Source: CERT/CC

    A complete revision history can be found at the end of this file.

    Systems Affected

    * Sun Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, and 8 (SPARC and Intel Architectures)


    Sun's NFS/RPC file system cachefs daemon (cachefsd) is shipped and
    installed by default with Sun Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, and 8 (SPARC and
    Intel architectures). A remotely exploitable vulnerability exists in
    cachefsd that could permit a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code
    with the privileges of the cachefsd, typically root. The CERT/CC has
    received credible reports of scanning and exploitation of Solaris
    systems running cachefsd.

    I. Description

    A remotely exploitable heap overflow exists in the cachefsd program
    shipped and installed by default with Sun Solaris 2.5.1, 2.6, 7, and 8
    (SPARC and Intel architectures). Cachefsd caches requests for
    operations on remote file systems mounted via the use of NFS protocol.
    A remote attacker can send a crafted RPC request to the cachefsd
    program to exploit the vulnerability.

    Logs of exploitation attempts may resemble the following:

    May 16 22:46:08 victim-host inetd[600]: /usr/lib/fs/cachefs/cachefsd:
    Segmentation Fault - core dumped

    May 16 22:46:21 victim-host last message repeated 7 times

    May 16 22:46:22 victim-host inetd[600]: /usr/lib/fs/cachefs/cachefsd:
    Bus Error- core dumped

    May 16 22:46:24 victim-host inetd[600]: /usr/lib/fs/cachefs/cachefsd:
    Segmentation Fault - core dumped

    May 16 22:46:56 victim-host inetd[600]: /usr/lib/fs/cachefs/cachefsd:
    Bus Error - core dumped

    May 16 22:46:59 victim-host last message repeated 1 time

    May 16 22:47:02 victim-host inetd[600]: /usr/lib/fs/cachefs/cachefsd:
    Segmentation Fault - core dumped

    May 16 22:47:07 victim-host last message repeated 3 times

    May 16 22:47:09 victim-host inetd[600]: /usr/lib/fs/cachefs/cachefsd:

    May 16 22:47:11 victim-host inetd[600]: /usr/lib/fs/cachefs/cachefsd:
    Segmentation Fault - core dumped

    According a Sun Alert Notification, failed attempts to exploit this
    vulnerability may leave a core dump file in the root directory. The
    presence of the core file does not preclude the success of subsequent
    attacks. Additionally, if the file /etc/cachefstab exists, it may
    contain unusual entries.

    This issue is also being referenced as CAN-2002-0085:


    The Australian Computer Emergency Response Team has also issued an
    advisory related to incident activity exploiting cachefsd:


    II. Impact

    A remote attacker may be able to execute code with the privileges of
    the cachefsd process, typically root.

    III. Solution

    Apply a patch from your vendor

    Appendix A contains information provided by vendors for this advisory.

    If a patch is not available, disable cachefsd in inetd.conf until a
    patch can be applied.

    If disabling the cachefsd is not an option, follow the suggested
    workaround in the Sun Alert Notification.

    Appendix A. - Vendor Information

    This appendix contains information provided by vendors for this
    advisory. As vendors report new information to the CERT/CC, we will
    update this section and note the changes in our revision history. If a
    particular vendor is not listed below, please check the Vulnerability
    Note (VU#635811) or contact your vendor directly.


    IBM's AIX operating system, all versions, is not vulnerable.


    SGI does not ship with SUN cachefsd, so IRIX is not vulnerable.


    See the Sun Alert Notification available at

    The CERT/CC acknowledges the eSecurity Online Team for discovering and
    reporting on this vulnerability and thanks Sun Microsystems for their
    technical assistance.

    Feedback can be directed to the authors:
    Jason A. Rafail and Jeffrey S. Havrilla

    This document is available from:

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    Many people have said it... many times... many ways... people don't listen...


    Perhaps about the only more-evil, similiar technology, is that little piece of SMB... *grin*
    \"Windows has detected that a gnat has farted in the general vicinity. You must reboot for changes to take affect. Reboot now?\"

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