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Date: Tue, 07 Aug 2007 17:22:59 -0400
From: iDefense Labs <>
Subject: iDefense Security Advisory 08.07.07: Hewlett-Packard HP-UX Remote
 ldcconn Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

Hewlett-Packard HP-UX Remote ldcconn Buffer Overflow Vulnerability

iDefense Security Advisory 08.07.07
Aug 07, 2007


Cisco Local Director is a load-balancing, connection fail-over device
used to help manage large enterprise networks. HP-UX allows for easy
interfacing with Cisco Local Director using the HP Controller for Cisco
Local Director package. In this package is ldcconn, which is configured
to run via inetd on TCP port 17781.


Remote exploitation of a buffer overflow vulnerability in ldcconn allows
attackers to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

By sending a long string to the TCP port that ldcconn listens on, a
buffer overflow is triggered. No authentication or data validation is


Exploitation allows unauthenticated remote attackers to gain root access
on affected machines.

The seriousness of this vulnerability is increased by the fact that in
most cases an attacker will have unlimited attempts at successful
exploitation due to the fact that inetd will continue to launch the
service for each new connection.


iDefense confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in HP-UX 11.11i.
It is suspected that other versions are also vulnerable.

To determine if ldcconn is installed on your specific install, use the

  # swlist -l file | grep ldcconn

If this command returns anything, it means it is installed. To tell if
it is currently configured to run from inetd, use the command:

  # grep ldcconn /etc/inetd.conf

If it returns an entry, that means it is currently configured to run
from inetd.


Firewall rules should be set to only allow Cisco equipment to access the
service (port 17781).

If the service is not being used, simply remove, or comment out, the
entry in /etc/inetd.conf and restart inetd.


Hewlett-Packard states that this product is obsolete and no longer
supported. They have no plans to release a patch or advisory. They
further stated that the version of HP-UX used to verify this
vulnerability is also obsolete.

"HP simply recommends that customers upgrade to a currently supported OS
release and to some other tool, if one is available."


A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.


11/02/2004  Initial vendor notification
11/03/2004  Initial vendor response
12/19/2005  Second vendor notification
01/30/2007  Third vendor notification
01/30/2007  Third vendor response
04/25/2007  Status update requested
06/08/2007  Status update requested
07/24/2007  Status update requested
07/30/2007  Vendor stated product's support ended in 2002
08/06/2007  Vendor communicated their response
08/07/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was discovered by iDefense Labs.

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