Blue Coat WinProxy Remote DoS Vulnerability
iDefense Security Advisory 01.05.06
January 05, 2006
BlueCoat WinProxy is an Internet sharing proxy server designed for small
to medium businesses. In addition to Internet sharing Winproxy also
hosts a series of security, anti-spam and anti-spyware capabilities.
More information can be located from the vendors site at:
Remote exploitation of a design error in Blue Coat Systems Inc.'s
WinProxy allows attackers to cause a denial of service (DoS) condition.
The vulnerability specifically exists due to improper handling of a long
HTTP request that is approximately 32,768 bytes long. When such a
request occurs, the process will crash while attempting to read past the
end of a memory region.
Successful exploitation requires an attacker to send a specially
constructed HTTP request to the WinProxy server on TCP port 80. This
will lead to a crash of the server and it will be unusable until it is
This vulnerability may only be utilized by attackers who have access to
the network segment that contains the listening daemon, which in some
cases is a private local area network.
iDefense has confirmed this vulnerability in WinProxy 6.0. Blue Coat has
reported that previous versions are not affected.
iDefense is currently unaware of any workarounds for this issue.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
Blue Coat has released WinProxy 6.1a to address this vulnerability.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CAN-2005-3187 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
10/12/2005 Initial vendor notification
10/12/2005 Initial vendor response
01/05/2006 Coordinated public disclosure
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