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Rule:

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Sid:
2011

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Summary:
CVS is the Concurrent Versions System, commonly used to 
help manage software development. It is possible for a remote
attacker to exploit a bug in the cvs daemon that will allow the 
perpetrator the ability to execute code, issue a denial of service, 
compromise code being stored in CVS and read sensitive information. 

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Impact:
Possible theft of data and control of the targeted machine leading to a
compromise of all resources on the machine. Software development could 
be halted, code could be lost or stolen and code auditing after the fact
could affect delivery of software.

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Detailed Information:
Specially crafted directory requests can be used to exploit a double 
free memory reference bug in the CVS software. It is possible to force 
the CVS daemon to execute an error that returns a pointer to already 
freed memory. This is a well known bug. This rule indicates a request 
for a directory using invalid syntax.

Since cvsd may be run as root via inetd, the compromise will present the
attacker with root privileges on the machine. Any code the attacker is 
able to execute will have root privileges.

It is also possible for the attacker to bypass all write checks and be 
able to write to the repository using the "anonymous" or "anoncvs" 
accounts commonly used for read only access. The source code may then be
compromised by the attacker who could choose to insert malicious code of
his own making.

If the CVS password database is writable by the CVS user the result is a
remote root compromise.

For CVS daemons running under changed root conditions (chroot), the rest
of the operating system files may be protected but the entire CVS 
directory structure is vulnerable.

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Affected Systems:
	CVS versions 1.11.4 and earlier
	
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Attack Scenarios:
The attacker could pass a specially crafted directory request to trigger
an error condition. The attacker may then be presented with the 
opportunity to execute code or issue shell commands on some systems.

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Ease of Attack:
Simple, an exploit is available.

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False Positives:
None Known

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False Negatives:
Connections to the server using zlib compression will not generate this
event.

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Corrective Action:
Disable the CVS daemon in the file /etc/inetd.conf. Run the CVS daemon 
as a user other than root that does not have a valid login to the 
machine.

Disable anonymous cvs access to the server.

Update the CVS software to the latest non-affected version.

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Contributors:
Sourcefire Research Team
Brian Caswell <bmc@sourcefire.com>
Nigel Houghton <nigel.houghton@sourcefire.com>

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Additional References:

CERT:
www.cert.org/advisories/CA-2003-02.html
www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/650937

CVE Entry
CAN-2003-0015

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