-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- CERT Advisory CA-2002-17 Apache Web Server Chunk Handling Vulnerability Original release date: June 17, 2002 Last revised: -- Source: CERT/CC A complete revision history can be found at the end of this file. Systems Affected * Web servers based on Apache code versions 1.3 through 1.3.24 * Web servers based on Apache code versions 2.0 through 2.0.36 Overview There is a remotely exploitable vulnerability in the handling of large chunks of data in web servers that are based on Apache source code. This vulnerability is present by default in configurations of Apache web servers versions 1.3 through 1.3.24 and versions 2.0 through 2.0.36. The impact of this vulnerability is dependent upon the software version and the hardware platform the server is running on. I. Description Apache is a popular web server that includes support for chunk-encoded data according to the HTTP 1.1 standard as described in RFC2616. There is a vulnerability in the handling of certain chunk-encoded HTTP requests that may allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code. The Apache Software Foundation has published an advisory describing the details of this vulnerability. This advisory is available on their web site at http://httpd.apache.org/info/security_bulletin_20020617.txt II. Impact For Apache versions 1.3 through 1.3.24 inclusive, this vulnerability may allow the execution of arbitrary code by remote attackers. Several sources have reported that this vulnerability can be used by intruders to execute arbitrary code on Windows platforms. Additionally, the Apache Software Foundation has reported that a similar attack may allow the execution of arbitrary code on 64-bit UNIX systems. For Apache versions 2.0 through 2.0.36 inclusive, the condition causing the vulnerability is correctly detected and causes the child process to exit. Depending on a variety of factors, including the threading model supported by the vulnerable system, this may lead to a denial-of-service attack against the Apache web server. III. Solution Apply a patch from your vendor Apply a patch from your vendor to correct this vulnerability. The CERT/CC has been informed by the Apache Software Foundation that the patch provided in the ISS advisory on this topic does not completely correct this vulnerability. More information about vendor-specific patches can be found in the vendor section of this document. Because the publication of this advisory was unexpectedly accelerated, statements from all of the affected vendors were not available at publication time. As additional information from vendors becomes available, this document will be updated. Upgrade to the latest version The Apache Software Foundation has released two new versions of Apache that correct this vulnerability. System administrators can prevent the vulnerability from being exploited by upgrading to Apache version 1.3.25 or 2.0.39. The new versions of Apache will be available from their web site at http://httpd.apache.org/ 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, we have not received their comments. Apache Software Foundation New versions of the Apache software are available from: http://httpd.apache.org/ Conectiva Linux The Apache webserver shipped with Conectiva Linux is vulnerable to this problem. New packages fixing this problem will be announced to our mailing list after an official fix becomes available. Cray, Inc. Cray, Inc. does not distribute Apache with any of its operating systems. IBM Corporation IBM makes the Apache Server availble for AIX customers as a software package under the AIX-Linux Affinity initiative. This package is included on the AIX Toolbox for Linux Applications CD, and can be downloaded via the IBM Linux Affinity website. The currently available version of Apache Server is susceptible to the vulnerability described here. We will update our Apache Server offering shortly to version 1.3.23, including the patch for this vulnerability; this update will be made available for downloading by accessing this URL: http://www-1.ibm.com/servers/aix/products/aixos/linux/download. html and following the instructions presented there. Please note that Apache Server, and all Linux Affinity software, is offered on an "as-is" basis. IBM does not own the source code for this software, nor has it developed and fully tested this code. IBM does not support these software packages. Lotus We have verified that the Lotus Domino web server is not vulnerable to this type of problem. Also, we do not ship Apache code with any Lotus products. Microsoft Corporation Microsoft does not ship the Apache web server. Network Appliance NetApp systems are not vulnerable to this problem. RedHat Inc. Red Hat distributes Apache 1.3 versions in all Red Hat Linux distributions, and as part of Stronghold. However we do not distribute Apache for Windows. We are currently investigating the issue and will work on producing errata packages when an official fix for the problem is made available. When these updates are complete they will be available from the URL below. At the same time users of the Red Hat Network will be able to update their systems using the 'up2date' tool. http://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2002-103.html Unisphere Networks The Unisphere Networks SDX-300 Service Deployment System (aka. SSC) uses Apache 1.3.24. We are releasing Version 3.0 using Apache 1.3.25 soon, and will be issuing a patch release for SSC Version 2.0.3 in the very near future. _________________________________________________________________ The CERT/CC thanks Mark Litchfield for reporting this vulnerability to the Apache Software Foundation, and Mark Cox for reporting this vulnerability to the CERT/CC. _________________________________________________________________ Author: Cory F. Cohen ______________________________________________________________________ This document is available from: http://www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2002-17.html ______________________________________________________________________ CERT/CC Contact Information Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +1 412-268-7090 (24-hour hotline) Fax: +1 412-268-6989 Postal address: CERT Coordination Center Software Engineering Institute Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh PA 15213-3890 U.S.A. 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Please include in the body of your message subscribe cert-advisory * "CERT" and "CERT Coordination Center" are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. ______________________________________________________________________ NO WARRANTY Any material furnished by Carnegie Mellon University and the Software Engineering Institute is furnished on an "as is" basis. Carnegie Mellon University makes no warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied as to any matter including, but not limited to, warranty of fitness for a particular purpose or merchantability, exclusivity or results obtained from use of the material. Carnegie Mellon University does not make any warranty of any kind with respect to freedom from patent, trademark, or copyright infringement. _________________________________________________________________ Conditions for use, disclaimers, and sponsorship information Copyright 2002 Carnegie Mellon University. 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