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FreeBSD bsnmpd Stack Overflow Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1029616
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2014-1452   (Links to External Site)
Date:  Jan 15 2014
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 8.3, 8.4, 9.1, 9.2, 10.0-RELEASE
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in FreeBSD bsnmpd. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send a specially crafted GETBULK PDU request to trigger a stack overflow in the bsnmpd(8) daemon and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target service.

Dirk Meyer reported this vulnerability.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix.

The vendor's advisory is available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  FreeBSD Security Advisory FreeBSD-SA-14:01.bsnmpd

Hash: SHA512

FreeBSD-SA-14:01.bsnmpd                                     Security Advisory
                                                          The FreeBSD Project

Topic:          bsnmpd remote denial of service vulnerability

Category:       contrib
Module:         bsnmp
Announced:      2014-01-14
Credits:        Dirk Meyer
Affects:        All supported versions of FreeBSD.
Corrected:      2014-01-14 19:02:14 UTC (stable/10, 10.0-PRERELEASE)
                2014-01-14 19:10:38 UTC (releng/10.0, 10.0-RELEASE)
                2014-01-14 19:10:38 UTC (releng/10.0, 10.0-RC5-p1)
                2014-01-14 19:10:38 UTC (releng/10.0, 10.0-RC4-p1)
                2014-01-14 19:10:38 UTC (releng/10.0, 10.0-RC3-p1)
                2014-01-14 19:10:38 UTC (releng/10.0, 10.0-RC2-p1)
                2014-01-14 19:10:38 UTC (releng/10.0, 10.0-RC1-p1)
                2014-01-14 19:17:20 UTC (stable/9, 9.2-STABLE)
                2014-01-14 19:42:28 UTC (releng/9.2, 9.2-RELEASE-p3)
                2014-01-14 19:42:28 UTC (releng/9.1, 9.1-RELEASE-p10)
                2014-01-14 19:17:20 UTC (stable/8, 8.4-STABLE)
                2014-01-14 19:42:28 UTC (releng/8.4, 8.4-RELEASE-p7)
                2014-01-14 19:42:28 UTC (releng/8.3, 8.3-RELEASE-p14)
CVE Name:       CVE-2014-1452

For general information regarding FreeBSD Security Advisories,
including descriptions of the fields above, security branches, and the
following sections, please visit <URL:>.

I.   Background

The bsnmpd is a simple and extensible SNMP daemon serves the Internet SNMP
(Simple Network Management Protocol).

II.  Problem Description

The bsnmpd(8) daemon is prone to a stack-based buffer-overflow when it
has received a specifically crafted GETBULK PDU request.

III. Impact

This issue could be exploited to execute arbitrary code in the context of
the service daemon, or crash the service daemon, causing a denial-of-service.

IV.  Workaround

No workaround is available, but systems not running bsnmpd(8) are not

V.   Solution

Perform one of the following:

1) Upgrade your vulnerable system to a supported FreeBSD stable or
release / security branch (releng) dated after the correction date.

2) To update your vulnerable system via a source code patch:

The following patches have been verified to apply to the applicable
FreeBSD release branches.

a) Download the relevant patch from the location below, and verify the
detached PGP signature using your PGP utility.

# fetch
# fetch
# gpg --verify bsnmpd.patch.asc

b) Execute the following commands as root:

# cd /usr/src
# patch < /path/to/patch

Recompile the operating system using buildworld and installworld as
described in <URL:>.

Restart the bsnmpd(8) daemons, or reboot the system.

3) To update your vulnerable system via a binary patch:

Systems running a RELEASE version of FreeBSD on the i386 or amd64
platforms can be updated via the freebsd-update(8) utility:

# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install

VI.  Correction details

The following list contains the correction revision numbers for each
affected branch.

Branch/path                                                      Revision
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------
stable/8/                                                         r260642
releng/8.3/                                                       r260647
releng/8.4/                                                       r260647
stable/9/                                                         r260642
releng/9.1/                                                       r260647
releng/9.2/                                                       r260647
stable/10/                                                        r260638
releng/10.0/                                                      r260640
- -------------------------------------------------------------------------

To see which files were modified by a particular revision, run the
following command, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number, on a
machine with Subversion installed:

# svn diff -cNNNNNN --summarize svn://

Or visit the following URL, replacing NNNNNN with the revision number:


VII. References

<other info on vulnerability>


The latest revision of this advisory is available at

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