EMC AutoStart Backbone Engine Trusted Pointer Code Execution VulnerabilityZDI-09-009: January 23rd, 2009
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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 ResponseEMC 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
2008-08-26 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
2009-01-23 - Coordinated public release of advisory
CreditThis vulnerability was discovered by:
Manuel Santamarina Suarez