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Posted May 30, 2002
Authored by David Litchfield | Site ngssoftware.com

Macromedia JRun v3.1 for IIS 4/5 on WinNT 4/Win2K contains buffer overflow which allows remote code execution as the local system account.

tags | remote, overflow, local, code execution
systems | windows
SHA-256 | 2bd79d12f83316af1256e8abf3f82e65b0e812edc901f4c331319be81254b1ee


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NGSSoftware Insight Security Research Advisory

Name: Macromedia JRun 3.1

Systems Affected: IIS 4/5 on WinNT 4/Win2K

Severity: High Risk

Category: Remote System Buffer Overrun

Vendor URL: http://www.macromedia.com

Author: David Litchfield (david@ngssoftware.com)

Advisory URL: http://www.ngssoftware.com/advisories/jrun.txt

Date: 29th May 2002

Advisory number: #NISR29052002



Macromedia's JRun, previously owned by Allaire, is a J2EE Server designed to
run on web servers to deliver java based online applications. The Win32
version 3.1 contains a remotely exploitable buffer overrun vulnerability
that allows an attacker to gain complete control of the server in question.



When JRun is installed, an ISAPI filter/application is stored in the
/scripts virtual directory. If a request comes into the server for a .jsp
resource the JRun filter handles the request. Further, if the ISAPI DLL is
accessed directly it acts as an application. By making a request to the DLL
with an overly long Host header field, a saved return address is overwritten
on the stack allowing an attacker to gain control over the process'
execution. As the jrun DLL is loaded into the address space of the web
service process, inetinfo.exe, on both Internet Information Server 4 and 5,
any code supplied in an exploit will run in the security context of the
local SYSTEM account.

Fix Information


NGSSoftware alerted Macromedia to this problem at the start of April and
since then JRun version 4 has been released. This version should contain the
fix to prevent this overrun and as such customers are advised to upgrade as
soon as possible. In the interim, one should consider using a tool such as
Sanctum's AppSheild or eEye's SecureIIS that help prevent such attacks.

A check for this issue has been added to Typhon II, NGSSoftware's
vulnerability assessment scanner, of which more information is available
from the NGSSite : http://www.ngssoftware.com/.

Further Information


For further information about the scope and effects of buffer overflows,
please see





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