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Samba: Multiple buffer overflows


1.  Gentoo Linux Security Advisory

Version Information

Advisory Reference GLSA 200407-21 / Samba
Release Date July 29, 2004
Latest Revision July 29, 2004: 02
Impact high
Exploitable remote
Package Vulnerable versions Unaffected versions Architecture(s)
net-fs/samba <= 3.0.4-r1 >= 3.0.5 All supported architectures

Related bugreports: #57962


Two buffer overflows vulnerabilities were found in Samba, potentially allowing the remote execution of arbitrary code.

2.  Impact Information


Samba is a package which allows *nix systems to act as file servers for Windows computers. It also allows *nix systems to mount shares exported by a Samba/CIFS/Windows server. The Samba Web Administration Tool (SWAT) is a web-based configuration tool part of the Samba package.


Evgeny Demidov found a buffer overflow in SWAT, located in the base64 data decoder used to handle HTTP basic authentication (CAN-2004-0600). The same flaw is present in the code used to handle the sambaMungedDial attribute value, when using the ldapsam passdb backend. Another buffer overflow was found in the code used to support the 'mangling method = hash' smb.conf option (CAN-2004-0686). Note that the default Samba value for this option is 'mangling method = hash2' which is not vulnerable.


The SWAT authentication overflow could be exploited to execute arbitrary code with the rights of the Samba daemon process. The overflow in the sambaMungedDial handling code is not thought to be exploitable. The buffer overflow in 'mangling method = hash' code could also be used to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable configurations.

3.  Resolution Information


Users disabling SWAT, not using ldapsam passdb backends and not using the 'mangling method = hash' option are not vulnerable.


All Samba users should upgrade to the latest version:

Code Listing 3.1: Resolution

# emerge sync
# emerge -pv ">=net-fs/samba-3.0.5"
# emerge ">=net-fs/samba-3.0.5"

4.  References


Page updated July 29, 2004

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