August 25, 2004
Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold is a Microsoft Windows based network monitoring application. More information is available at:
Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in Ipswitch Inc.'s WhatsUp Gold allows attackers to execute arbitrary code under the privileges of the user that instantiated the application.
The problem specifically exists in the _maincfgret.cgi script accessible through the web server installed by WhatsUp Gold. By posting a long string for the value of 'instancename', a buffer overflow occurs allowing an attacker to redirect the flow of control and eventually execute arbitrary code.
Successful exploitation allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code under the privileges of the user that instantiated the application. The WhatsUp Gold web server is not enabled by default.
iDEFENSE has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability against WhatsUp Gold version 8.03. iDEFENSE has confirmed that the latest version of WhatsUp Gold, version 8.03 Hotfix 1, is not vulnerable.
Disable the WhatsUp Gold web server if it is not required.
VI. VENDOR RESPONSE
The buffer overflow is repaired in WhatsUp Gold, version 8.03 Hotfix 1.
VII. CVE INFORMATION
The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name CAN-2004-0798 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in the CVE list (http://cve.mitre.org), which standardizes names for security problems.
VIII. DISCLOSURE TIMELINE
08/12/2004 Initial vendor notification
08/12/2004 iDEFENSE clients notified
08/12/2004 Initial vendor response
08/25/2004 Public disclosure
The discoverer wishes to remain anonymous.
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X. LEGAL NOTICES
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