ZDI-05-002: Clam Antivirus Remote Code Execution Vulnerability
November 4th, 2005
-- CVE ID:
-- Affected Vendor:
-- Affected Products:
Clam AntiVirus 0.80 through 0.87
-- TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection:
TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this
vulnerability since October 24th, 2005 by Digital Vaccine protection
filter ID 3874. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:
-- Vulnerability Details:
This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on
vulnerable ClamAV installations. Authentication is not required to
exploit this vulnerability.
This specific flaw exists within libclamav/fsg.c during the unpacking of
executable files compressed with FSG v1.33. Due to invalid bounds
checking when copying user-supplied data to heap allocated memory, an
exploitable memory corruption condition is created. The unpacking
algorithm for other versions of FSG is not affected.
-- Vendor Response:
The bug has been fixed in version 0.87.1. Release notes:
-- Disclosure Timeline:
2005.10.24 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2005.10.24 - Digital Vaccine released to TippingPoint customers
2005.10.25 - Vulnerability information provided to ZDI security partners
2005.11.04 - Public release of advisory
This vulnerability was discovered by an anonymous ZDI researcher.
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