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Security Vulnerability: eDirectory eMBox SOAP Request Parsing DoS

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Novell eDirectory for All Platforms
Novell eDirectory 8.8 for All Platforms


The specific flaw exists within the NDS daemon's SOAP service. When a malformed request is made to the novell.embox.connmgr.serverinfo SOAP action, the daemon makes an illegal reference thereby resulting in a
denial of service.


This vulnerability is resolved in eDirectory 8.8.5 patch 3 or newer.

For eDirectory 8.8.X:

Apply eDirectory 8.8.5 patch 3 or newer version available by download at

For eDirectory 8.7.3.X:

Option 1:  Upgrade to 8.8.5 patch 3

Option 2:  DIsable eMBox on the server.
Modify the /usr/lib/nds-modules/ndsmodules.conf file and comment out the embox module to prevent ndsd from auto loading the module.
Rename the /usr/lib/nds-modules/* files so that the modules can't be loaded.
     EX:  mv /usr/lib/nds-modules/ /usr/lib/nds-modules/; mv /usr/lib/nds-modules/ /usr/lib/nds-modules/

Stop the embox.dlm in the Novell eDirectory Services under Control Panel.
Rename or move the c:\novell\nds\embox.dlm. 
   EX:  Rename c:\novell\nds\embox.dlm to embox.bak

Unload embox.nlm
Rename or move the SYS:\SYSTEM\embox.nlm
Modify the SYS:\SYSTEM\AUTOEXEC.NCF to make sure embox.nlm isn't being loaded.

Additional Information

This vulnerability was reported by TippingPoint, The Zero Day Initiative ZDI
This vulnerability was discovered by:    * 1c239c43f521145fa8385d64a9c32243


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  • Document ID:7005341
  • Creation Date:12-FEB-10
  • Modified Date:27-JAN-14
    • NetIQeDirectory

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