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EMC AutoStart Backbone Service Lets Remote Users Execute Arbitrary Code
SecurityTracker Alert ID:  1021636
SecurityTracker URL:
CVE Reference:   CVE-2009-0311   (Links to External Site)
Updated:  Jan 29 2009
Original Entry Date:  Jan 26 2009
Impact:   Execution of arbitrary code via network, User access via network
Fix Available:  Yes  Vendor Confirmed:  Yes  
Version(s): prior to 5.3 SP2
Description:   A vulnerability was reported in EMC AutoStart. A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system.

A remote user can send specially crafted data to the Backbone service (ftbackbone.exe) to execute arbitrary code on the target system. The code will run with System privileges.

The vendor was notified on August 26, 2008.

Manuel Santamarina Suarez reported this vulnerability via TippingPoint.

Impact:   A remote user can execute arbitrary code on the target system with System privileges.
Solution:   The vendor has issued a fix (5.3 SP2).
Vendor URL: (Links to External Site)
Cause:   Input validation error
Underlying OS:  Windows (2003)

Message History:   None.

 Source Message Contents

Subject:  ZDI-09-009: EMC AutoStart Backbone Engine Trusted Pointer Code Execution

ZDI-09-009: EMC AutoStart Backbone Engine Trusted Pointer Code Execution 
January 23, 2009

-- Affected Vendors:

-- 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:

-- 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

-- 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 >

-- 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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