TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

ProFTPD TELNET_IAC Remote Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-10-229: November 2nd, 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 ProFTPD. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The flaw exists within the proftpd server component which listens by default on TCP port 21. When reading user input if a TELNET_IAC escape sequence is encountered the process miscalculates a buffer length counter value allowing a user controlled copy of data to a stack buffer. A remote attacker can exploit this vulnerability to execute arbitrary code under the context of the proftpd process.

Vendor Response

ProFTPD states:

Patch committed to CVS with accompanying regression test, and backported to
1.3.3 branch.

Disclosure Timeline

    2010-09-24 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2010-11-02 - Coordinated public release of advisory


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