TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Novell eDirectory SOAP Request Parsing Denial of Service Vulnerability

ZDI-10-024: March 2nd, 2010


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to deny services on vulnerable installations of Novell eDirectory Server. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the NDS daemon's SOAP service. When a malformed request is made to the novell.embox.connmgr.serverinfo SOAP action, the daemon makes an illegal reference thereby resulting in a denial of service.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2009-03-13 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2010-03-02 - Coordinated public release of advisory


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