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Posted Aug 25, 2007
Authored by Sergio Alvarez | Site nruns.com

A remotely exploitable vulnerability has been discovered in the file parsing engine of Sophos AntiVirus versions prior to 2.48.0. The bug exists during the file parsing of UPX packed files.

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Vendor: Sophos, http://www.sophos.com
Affected Products:
Sophos Anti-Virus for Windows
Sophos Anti-Virus for Unix/Linux
Vulnerability: Arbitrary Code Execution (remote)
Risk: HIGH

Vendor communication:

2007/05/07 initial notification to Sophos
2007/05/09 Sophos Response
2007/05/14 PGP public keys exchange
2007/05/14 PoC files sent to Sophos
2007/05/17 Sophos acknowledged the PoC files
2007/05/17 Sophos Corporation validate the Vulnerability
2007/05/17 Sophos notify tentative update release date
2007/07/31 Sophos notify a delay in the update release date
2007/08/23 Sophos Update with fixes released


Sophos is a world leader in IT security and control solutions purpose-built
for business, education, government organizations and service providers.
Their reliably engineered, easy-to-operate products protect over 100 million
users in more than 150 countries from viruses, spyware, adware, Trojans,
intrusion, spam, policy abuse, and uncontrolled network access.


A remotely exploitable vulnerability has been found in the file parsing

In detail, the following flaw was determined:

- Infinite Loop in UPX packed files parsing


This problem can lead to remote denial of service or arbitrary code
execution if an attacker carefully crafts a file that exploits the
aforementioned vulnerability. The vulnerability is present in Sophos
Anti-virus software listed above on all platforms supported by the affected
products prior to the engine Version 2.48.0.

The vulnerability was reported on 07.May.2007 and an update has been issued
on 23.Aug.2007 to solve this vulnerability. For detailed information about
the fixes follow the link in the References [1] section of this document.
n.runs AG wants to highlight the excellent and fluent communication with

Bugs found by Sergio Alvarez of n.runs AG.

http://www.sophos.com/support/knowledgebase/article/28407.html [1]

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no event shall n.runs be liable for any damages whatsoever including direct,
indirect, incidental, consequential, loss of business profits or special
damages, even if n.runs has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

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