TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

Novell Netware Groupwise Internet Gateway Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-10-129: July 16th, 2010


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Affected Vendors

Affected Products

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Novell Groupwise Internet Agent. Authentication is required to exploit this vulnerability.

The flaw exists within the IMAP functionality included with GWIA. When provided with an overly long mailbox name to the CREATE verb, the IMAP server can be forced to overflow a buffer on the stack. Successful exploitation leads to remote code execution under the context of the server.

Vendor Response

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

Disclosure Timeline

    2010-04-06 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2010-07-16 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    {PRL} Francis Provencher