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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer


Severity High
Score 9.3/10


Multiple stack-based buffer overflows in the filter service (aka k9filter.exe) in Blue Coat K9 Web Protection 3.2.44 with Filter 3.2.32 allow (1) remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via a long HTTP Referer header to the K9 Web Protection Administration interface and (2) man-in-the-middle attackers to execute arbitrary code via an HTTP response with a long HTTP version field.

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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.


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