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Category:   Application (Security)  >   Clam AntiVirus Vendors:
Clam AntiVirus Heap Overflow in Processing WWPack Packed Files Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1019850
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2008-1833   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Apr 6 2009
Original Entry Date:  Apr 15 2008
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): 0.92.1
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in Clam AntiVirus. A remote user can cause arbitrary code to be executed on the target user's system.

A remote user can create a specially crafted PE binary packed with the WWPack executable compressor that, when processed by the target application, will trigger a heap overflow and execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with the privileges of the target application.

The vulnerability resides in 'libclamav/pe.c'.

The vendor was notified on March 4, 2008.

Damian Put and Thomas Pollet reported this vulnerability via iDefense.

Impact:   A remote user can create a file that, when loaded by the target application, will execute arbitrary code on the target system.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fixed version (0.93), available at:

Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Boundary error
Underlying OS:  Linux (Any), UNIX (Any)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  iDefense Security Advisory 04.14.08: ClamAV libclamav PE WWPack Heap

iDefense Security Advisory 04.14.08
Apr 14, 2008


Clam AntiVirus is a multi-platform GPL anti-virus toolkit. ClamAV is
often integrated into e-mail gateways and used to scan e-mail traffic
for viruses. It supports virus scanning for a wide variety of packed
Portable Executable (PE) binaries. WWPack is one of the supported
packers. For more information visit the vendor's web site at the
following URL.


Remote exploitation of a heap overflow vulnerability in Clam AntiVirus'
ClamAV, as included in various vendors' operating system distributions,
allows attackers to execute arbitrary code with the privileges of the
affected process.

The vulnerability exists within the code responsible for reading in
sections within a PE binary packed with the WWPack executable
compressor. See the following excerpt from libclamav/pe.c:

  1879          dsize = max-min+headsize-exe_sections[nsections - 1].rsz;
  1883          if((dest = (char *) cli_calloc(dsize, sizeof(char))) == 
  1897          for(i = 0 ; i < (unsigned int)nsections-1; i++) {
  1898              if(exe_sections[i].rsz) {
  1899                  if(!cli_seeksect(desc, &exe_sections[i]) || 
(unsigned int) cli_readn(desc, dest + headsize + exe_sections[i].rva - 
min, exe_sections[i].rsz) != exe_sections[i].rsz) {

The size of the allocated heap buffer is calculated on line 1879 using
several values that are under attacker control. The allocation takes
place on line 1883. Within the loop, starting on line 1897, data is
read into the allocated buffer (line 1899).

No validation is done to ensure that the resulting data is not written
outside the bounds of the "dest" buffer. The "headsize",
"exe_sections[i].rva", "min", and "exe_sections[i].rsz" values that are
used for this operation are all under attacker control. As such, an
exploitable heap corruption condition may occur.


Exploitation of this vulnerability results in the execution of arbitrary
code with the privileges of the process using libclamav. In the case of
the clamd program, this will result in code execution with the
privileges of the clamav user. Unsuccessful exploitation results in the
clamd process crashing.


iDefense has confirmed the existence of this vulnerability in ClamAV
0.92.1. Previous versions may also be affected.


Disabling the scanning of PE files will prevent exploitation.

  If using clamscan, this can be done by running clamscan with the 
'--no-pe' option.
  If using clamdscan, set the 'ScanPE' option in the clamd.conf file to 



A Mitre Corp. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) number has not
been assigned yet.


03/04/2008  Initial vendor notification
03/06/2008  Initial vendor response
04/14/2008  Coordinated public disclosure


This vulnerability was reported to iDefense by Damian Put and Thomas

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