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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer


Severity High
Score 10/10


Multiple buffer overflows in NEC SOCKS5 1.0 r11 and earlier allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service and possibly execute arbitrary code via a long username to (1) the GetString function in proxy.c for the SOCKS5 module or (2) the HandleS4Connection function in proxy.c for the SOCKS4 module.

  • LOW
  • NONE

CWE-119 - Buffer Overflow

Buffer overflow attacks involve data transit and operations exceeding the restricted memory buffer, thereby corrupting or overwriting data in adjacent memory locations. Such overflow allows the attacker to run arbitrary code or manipulate the existing code to cause privilege escalation, data breach, denial of service, system crash and even complete system compromise. Given that languages such as C and C++ lack default safeguards against overwriting or accessing data in their memory, applications utilizing these languages are most susceptible to buffer overflows attacks.


Advisory Timeline

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