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Category:   Application (Generic)  >   HPE OpenView Network Node Manager Vendors:   HPE
HP OpenView Stack Overflows in Shared Trace Service Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1018548
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2007-3872   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Aug 15 2007
Original Entry Date:  Aug 9 2007
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, Root access via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  

Description:   A vulnerability was reported in several HP OpenView products. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted data to trigger one of several stack overflows in the Shared Trace Service and execute arbitrary code on the target system.

On Windows-based systems, the code will run with System privileges.

OpenView Internet Service (OVIS) on HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, and Windows is affected.

OpenView Performance Manager (OVPM) on HP-UX, Solaris, and Windows is affected.

OpenView Performance Agent (OVPA)is affected.

OpenView Reporter is affected.

OpenView Operations (OVO) Agents are affected.

OpenView Operations Manager for Windows (OVOW) with the OpenView Operations Add On Module for OpenView Operations-Business Availability Center Integration is affected.

OpenView Service Quality Manager (OV SQM) is affected.

OpenView Network Node Manager (OV NNM) is affected.

OpenView Dashboard is affected.

OpenView Performance Insight (OVPI) is affected.

The vendor was notified on October 10, 2006.

The vendor credits iDefense and Cody Pierce of TippingPoint DV Labs with separately reporting these vulnerabilities.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   HP has issued hotfixes.

The HP advisories (HPSBMA02235, HPSBMA02236, HPSBMA02237, HPSBMA02238, HPSBMA02239, HPSBMA02240, HPSBMA02241, HPSBMA02242, HPSBMA02245, HPSBMA02246) are available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (HP/UX), UNIX (Solaris - SunOS), UNIX (Tru64), Windows (NT), Windows (2000), Windows (2003), Windows (XP)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 08.09.07: Hewlett-Packard OpenView

Hewlett-Packard OpenView Operations OVTrace Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities

iDefense Security Advisory 08.09.07
Aug 09, 2007


OpenView Operations software is a suite of network management tools used
to monitor events on, and evaluate the performance of, hosts on the
network. The OVTrace component of this suite is used to log the actions
being taken by the other components of the suite in order to debug any
problems that may be occurring. More information can be found at the
following link.


Remote exploitation of multiple stack-based buffer overflow
vulnerabilities in Hewlett-Packard Development Co.'s OpenView
Operations for Windows OVTrace service may allow an attacker to execute
arbitrary code with SYSTEM privileges.

The vulnerabilities exist within functions responsible for handling
requests. These functions take a string from the request and copy it
into fixed-size stack buffers. Since the length has not been properly
validated, this results in an exploitable stack-based buffer overflow.


Exploitation of these vulnerabilities results in arbitrary code
execution with SYSTEM privileges.

The OVTrace service, while not crucial to normal operations, is started
by default. The OVTrace service is also present on systems that have
only the management console installed as well as systems that have a
full installation of the server and console installed.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of these vulnerabilities in HP
OpenView version A.07.50 for Windows, with all patches applied as of
Jun 27, 2007. Previous versions may also be affected.


Employing firewalls to limit access to the affected service will
mitigate exposure to these vulnerabilities.


Hewlett-Packard Co. has addressed these vulnerabilities by releasing
patches for all HP OpenView products that contain the Shared Trace
Service component. For more information consult the following HP
Support Documents; c01106515, c01109171, c01109584, c01109617,
c01110576, c01110627, c01111851, c01112038, c01114023, c01114156,
c01115068 at the URLs shown below.


The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the
name CVE-2007-3872 to this issue. This is a candidate for inclusion in
the CVE list (, which standardizes names for
security problems.


07/12/2007  Initial vendor notification
07/13/2007  Initial vendor response
08/09/2007  Coordinated public disclosure


The discoverer of these vulnerabilities wishes to remain anonymous.

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