TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Hewlett-Packard Application Recovery Manager MSG_PROTOCOL Stack Overflow Vulnerability

ZDI-09-091: December 8th, 2009


Affected Vendors

Affected Products

TippingPoint™ IPS Customer Protection

TippingPoint IPS customers are protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 8287. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS:

Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerability installations of HP Application Recovery Manager. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists in the handling of requests to the OmniInet process listening by default on TCP port 5555. The OmniInet process uses a custom protocol for handling requests. When handling MSG_PROTOCOL (0x010b) packets arbitrary user supplied data is copied to the stack without proper bounds checking. Successful exploitation of this vulnerability can lead to remote code execution under the SYSTEM context.

Vendor Response

Hewlett-Packard has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2009-06-25 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2009-12-08 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Stephen Fewer of Harmony Security (www.harmonysecurity.com)