ID CVE-2008-0926
Summary The SOAP interface to the eMBox module in Novell eDirectory and earlier, and 8.8.x before 8.8.2, relies on client-side authentication, which allows remote attackers to bypass authentication via requests for /SOAP URIs, and cause a denial of service (daemon shutdown) or read arbitrary files. NOTE: it was later reported that (aka 8.7.3 SP10) is also affected.
Vulnerable Configurations
  • Novell eDirectory 8.5
  • Novell eDirectory 8.5.12a
  • Novell eDirectory 8.5.27
  • Novell eDirectory 8.6.2
  • Novell eDirectory 8.7
  • Novell eDirectory 8.7.1
  • Novell eDirectory 8.7.1 SU1
  • Novell eDirectory 8.7.3
  • Novell eDirectory
  • cpe:2.3:a:novell:edirectory:
  • cpe:2.3:a:novell:edirectory:
  • Novell eDirectory
  • Novell eDirectory 8.8
Base: 7.5 (as of 28-03-2008 - 18:43)
  • Authentication Abuse
    An attacker obtains unauthorized access to an application, service or device either through knowledge of the inherent weaknesses of an authentication mechanism, or by exploiting a flaw in the authentication scheme's implementation. In such an attack an authentication mechanism is functioning but a carefully controlled sequence of events causes the mechanism to grant access to the attacker. This attack may exploit assumptions made by the target's authentication procedures, such as assumptions regarding trust relationships or assumptions regarding the generation of secret values. This attack differs from Authentication Bypass attacks in that Authentication Abuse allows the attacker to be certified as a valid user through illegitimate means, while Authentication Bypass allows the user to access protected material without ever being certified as an authenticated user. This attack does not rely on prior sessions established by successfully authenticating users, as relied upon for the "Exploitation of Session Variables, Resource IDs and other Trusted Credentials" attack patterns.
  • Exploiting Trust in Client (aka Make the Client Invisible)
    An attack of this type exploits a programs' vulnerabilities in client/server communication channel authentication and data integrity. It leverages the implicit trust a server places in the client, or more importantly, that which the server believes is the client. An attacker executes this type of attack by placing themselves in the communication channel between client and server such that communication directly to the server is possible where the server believes it is communicating only with a valid client. There are numerous variations of this type of attack.
  • Utilizing REST's Trust in the System Resource to Register Man in the Middle
    This attack utilizes a REST(REpresentational State Transfer)-style applications' trust in the system resources and environment to place man in the middle once SSL is terminated. Rest applications premise is that they leverage existing infrastructure to deliver web services functionality. An example of this is a Rest application that uses HTTP Get methods and receives a HTTP response with an XML document. These Rest style web services are deployed on existing infrastructure such as Apache and IIS web servers with no SOAP stack required. Unfortunately from a security standpoint, there frequently is no interoperable identity security mechanism deployed, so Rest developers often fall back to SSL to deliver security. In large data centers, SSL is typically terminated at the edge of the network - at the firewall, load balancer, or router. Once the SSL is terminated the HTTP request is in the clear (unless developers have hashed or encrypted the values, but this is rare). The attacker can utilize a sniffer such as Wireshark to snapshot the credentials, such as username and password that are passed in the clear once SSL is terminated. Once the attacker gathers these credentials, they can submit requests to the web service provider just as authorized user do. There is not typically an authentication on the client side, beyond what is passed in the request itself so once this is compromised, then this is generally sufficient to compromise the service's authentication scheme.
  • Man in the Middle Attack
    This type of attack targets the communication between two components (typically client and server). The attacker places himself in the communication channel between the two components. Whenever one component attempts to communicate with the other (data flow, authentication challenges, etc.), the data first goes to the attacker, who has the opportunity to observe or alter it, and it is then passed on to the other component as if it was never intercepted. This interposition is transparent leaving the two compromised components unaware of the potential corruption or leakage of their communications. The potential for Man-in-the-Middle attacks yields an implicit lack of trust in communication or identify between two components.
exploit-db via4
description Novell eDirectory 8.x eMBox Utility 'edirutil' Command Unspecified Vulnerability. CVE-2008-0926. Remote exploit for novell platform
id EDB-ID:31533
last seen 2016-02-03
modified 2008-03-25
published 2008-03-25
reporter Nicholas Gregorie
title Novell eDirectory 8.x - eMBox Utility 'edirutil' Command Unspecified Vulnerability
metasploit via4
description This module will access Novell eDirectory's eMBox service and can run the following actions via the SOAP interface: GET_DN, READ_LOGS, LIST_SERVICES, STOP_SERVICE, START_SERVICE, SET_LOGFILE.
last seen 2019-03-31
modified 2017-07-24
published 2011-12-16
reliability Normal
reporter Rapid7
title Novell eDirectory eMBox Unauthenticated File Access
nessus via4
  • NASL family Misc.
    description The remote host is running eDirectory, a popular directory service software from Novell. A vulnerability in the eMBox utility included with the software allows an unauthenticated attacker to access local files or cause a denial of service condition. Nessus was able to query the list of available eDirectory services on the remote host without using any credentials, see plugin output for more details.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-11-15
    plugin id 31851
    published 2008-04-11
    reporter Tenable
    title Novell eDirectory eMBox Utility Unauthorized Access (uncredentialed check)
  • NASL family Windows
    description The remote host is running eDirectory, a popular directory service software from Novell. A vulnerability in the eMBox utility included with the software, may allow an unauthenticated attacker to access local files or cause a denial of service condition.
    last seen 2019-02-21
    modified 2018-11-15
    plugin id 31850
    published 2008-04-11
    reporter Tenable
    title Novell eDirectory eMBox Utility Unauthorized Access
refmap via4
bid 28441
bugtraq 20080505 Novell eDirectory unauthenticated access to SOAP interface
sectrack 1019691
secunia 29527
vupen ADV-2008-0988
xf novell-edirectory-embox-unspecified(41426)
Last major update 01-04-2011 - 00:00
Published 28-03-2008 - 14:44
Last modified 15-10-2018 - 18:03
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