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[Full-disclosure] ZDI-09-009: EMC AutoStart Backbone Engine Trusted Pointer Code Execution Vulnerability

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Date: Fri Jan 23 2009 - 20:08:32 GMT
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ZDI-09-009: EMC AutoStart Backbone Engine Trusted Pointer Code Execution Vulnerability
http://www.zerodayinitiative.com/advisories/ZDI-09-009 January 23, 2009

  • Affected Vendors: EMC
  • Affected Products: EMC AutoStart
  • TippingPoint(TM) IPS Customer Protection: TippingPoint IPS customers have been protected against this vulnerability by Digital Vaccine protection filter ID 6412. For further product information on the TippingPoint IPS, visit:

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  • Vulnerability Details: This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on systems with vulnerable installations of EMC AutoStart. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific flaw exists within the Backbone service (ftbackbone.exe) which listens by default on TCP port 8042. The process trusts a DWORD value from incoming packets which it arbitrarily calls. Exploitation of this issue leads to code execution under the context of the SYSTEM user.

  • Vendor Response: EMC states: Customers who are using older versions are advised to upgrade to EMC AutoStart 5.3 SP2 For EMC AutoStart 5.3. SP2 Software navigate to the following location: Powerlink > Support > Software Downloads and Licensing > Downloads A-B > AutoStart
  • Disclosure Timeline: 2008-08-26 - Vulnerability reported to vendor 2009-01-23 - Coordinated public release of advisory
  • Credit: This vulnerability was discovered by:
    • Manuel Santamarina Suarez
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