TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

SAP BusinessObjects Crystal Reports Server CMS.exe Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-10-195: October 12th, 2010

CVSS Score

Affected Vendors

Affected Products

    Crystal Reports

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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of SAP Crystal Reports. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the CMS.exe process which listens by default on several TCP ports above 1024. When parsing a GIOP request, the process trusts a user-supplied 32-bit value and allocates a buffer on the heap. The process then proceeds to copy the string following this value from the packet until it finds a NULL byte. By crafting a specifically sized packet a remote attacker can overflow the buffer and gain code execution under the context of the SYSTEM user.

Vendor Response

SAP states:

A solution was provided via SAP note 1509604

Disclosure Timeline

    2010-07-20 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2010-10-12 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    AbdulAziz Hariri
    Andrea Micalizzi aka rgod