ID CVE-2007-3303
Summary Apache httpd 2.0.59 and 2.2.4, with the Prefork MPM module, allows local users to cause a denial of service via certain code sequences executed in a worker process that (1) stop request processing by killing all worker processes and preventing creation of replacements or (2) hang the system by forcing the master process to fork an arbitrarily large number of worker processes. NOTE: This might be an inherent design limitation of Apache with respect to worker processes in hosted environments.
References
Vulnerable Configurations
  • cpe:2.3:a:apache:http_server:2.0.59:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:apache:http_server:2.0.59:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
  • cpe:2.3:a:apache:http_server:2.2.4:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
    cpe:2.3:a:apache:http_server:2.2.4:*:*:*:*:*:*:*
CVSS
Base: 4.9 (as of 16-10-2018 - 16:48)
Impact:
Exploitability:
CWE CWE-94
CAPEC
  • Leverage Executable Code in Non-Executable Files
    An attack of this type exploits a system's trust in configuration and resource files, when the executable loads the resource (such as an image file or configuration file) the attacker has modified the file to either execute malicious code directly or manipulate the target process (e.g. application server) to execute based on the malicious configuration parameters. Since systems are increasingly interrelated mashing up resources from local and remote sources the possibility of this attack occurring is high. The attack can be directed at a client system, such as causing buffer overrun through loading seemingly benign image files, as in Microsoft Security Bulletin MS04-028 where specially crafted JPEG files could cause a buffer overrun once loaded into the browser. Another example targets clients reading pdf files. In this case the attacker simply appends javascript to the end of a legitimate url for a pdf (http://www.gnucitizen.org/blog/danger-danger-danger/) http://path/to/pdf/file.pdf#whatever_name_you_want=javascript:your_code_here The client assumes that they are reading a pdf, but the attacker has modified the resource and loaded executable javascript into the client's browser process. The attack can also target server processes. The attacker edits the resource or configuration file, for example a web.xml file used to configure security permissions for a J2EE app server, adding role name "public" grants all users with the public role the ability to use the administration functionality. The server trusts its configuration file to be correct, but when they are manipulated, the attacker gains full control.
  • Manipulating User-Controlled Variables
    This attack targets user controlled variables (DEBUG=1, PHP Globals, and So Forth). An attacker can override environment variables leveraging user-supplied, untrusted query variables directly used on the application server without any data sanitization. In extreme cases, the attacker can change variables controlling the business logic of the application. For instance, in languages like PHP, a number of poorly set default configurations may allow the user to override variables.
Access
VectorComplexityAuthentication
LOCAL LOW NONE
Impact
ConfidentialityIntegrityAvailability
NONE NONE COMPLETE
cvss-vector via4 AV:L/AC:L/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:C
refmap via4
bid 24215
bugtraq
  • 20070529 Apache httpd vulenrabilities
  • 20070619 Apache Prefork MPM vulnerabilities - Report
misc http://security.psnc.pl/files/apache_report.pdf
osvdb 37050
sreason 2814
statements via4
  • contributor Mark J Cox
    lastmodified 2008-07-02
    organization Apache
    statement In the security model used by Apache httpd, the less-privileged child processes completely handle the servicing of new connections. Any local user who is able to run arbitrary code in those children is therefore able to prevent new requests from being serviced, by design. Such users will also be able to "simulate" server load and force the parent to create children up to the configured limits, by design. A server with untrusted local users must be configured to use a solution like "suexec" if its required to allow the users to execute CGI (etc) scripts.
  • contributor Mark J Cox
    lastmodified 2007-06-26
    organization Red Hat
    statement Not a vulnerability. In the security model used by Apache httpd, the less-privileged child processes (running as the "apache" user) completely handle the servicing of new connections. Any local user who is able to run arbitrary code in those children is therefore able to prevent new requests from being serviced, by design. Such users will also be able to "simulate" server load and force the parent to create children up to the configured limits, by design.
Last major update 16-10-2018 - 16:48
Published 20-06-2007 - 22:30
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