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Improper Restriction of Operations within the Bounds of a Memory Buffer

CVE-2009-2832

Severity Medium
Score 5.1/10

Summary

Buffer overflow in FTP Server in Apple Mac OS X before 10.6.2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (daemon crash) via a CWD command specifying a pathname in a deeply nested hierarchy of directories, related to a "CWD command line tool."

  • HIGH
  • NETWORK
  • NONE
  • PARTIAL
  • PARTIAL
  • PARTIAL

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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  • Published