[Dshield] FW: [HV-HIGH] RIM Blackberry buffer overflow, DoS, data loss

Wayne Beckham securityguy at dslextreme.com
Wed Oct 13 18:17:42 GMT 2004

In light of my recent questions concerning Blackberry devices, I thought the
list would be interested in this from bugtraq.

- Wayne 

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From: vuln at hexview.com [mailto:vuln at hexview.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 12, 2004 09:41 PM
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Subject: [HV-HIGH] RIM Blackberry buffer overflow, DoS, data loss

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RIM Blackberry buffer overflow, DoS, data loss

Level: low-med-[HIGH]-crit
ID: HEXVIEW*2004*10*12*1

RIM Blackberry is a Java-based wireless connectivity solution providing
phone, e-mail, and other services on a variety of handheld devices.

Affected products:
All tests were performed on a RIM Blackberry 7230 with RIM Blackberry
Operating System software version The Blackberry was synchronized
with Microsoft Exchange server using Blackberry Enterprise Server for
Microsoft Exchange.

Cause and Effect:
Insufficient data validation for incoming calendar data makes possible to
cause buffer overflow condition leading to stack corruption. As a result, it
is possible to reboot the device (all stored messages will be lost since RAM
storage will be reinitialized). It is also possible to execute code embedded
by the attacker. It should be mentioned that Blackberry developers tools are
freely available.

The issue can easily be reproduced by sending a standard Microsoft Outlook
meeting request message with very long string (over 128K) in the "Location:"
field. To force immediate user notification, set meeting date/time to the
past. The Blackberry reboots when it tries to notify the user. No user
action is required. It is possible to render Blackberry device completely
useless by queuing a number of such messages into user's mailbox.

Vendor Status:
At the time of release vendor was not aware of the vulnerability.
HexView does not notify vendors unless there is a prior agreement to do so.
Vendors interested in receiving notifications prior to public disclosure or
more detailed analysis may obtain more information by writing to the e-mail
address provided at the end of the document.

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