Ratbag data length denial of service

ratbag-data-length-dos (15188) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Multiple games developed by Ratbag, including Dirt Track Racing, Dirt Track Racing Australia, Leadfoot, Dirt Track Racing Sprint Cars, Dirt Track Racing 2, and World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, are vulnerable to a denial of service attack, caused by the value that identifies the length of the data. If a remote attacker sends an amount of data smaller than the amount previously specified, the attacker would cause the server to enter into an infinite loop and consume 100% of the available CPU resources.


Denial of Service


No remedy available as of September 1, 2014.


  • BugTraq Mailing List, Wed Feb 11 2004 - 16:07:09 CST : Denial of Service in Ratbag's game engine.
  • Midway Web site: Midway Home.
  • BID-9644: Ratbag Game Engine Denial of Service Vulnerability
  • CVE-2004-0278: Ratbag game engine, as used in products such as Dirt Track Racing, Leadfoot, and World of Outlaws Spring Cars, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption) via a TCP packet that specifies the length of data to read and then sends a second TCP packet that contains less data than specified, which causes Ratbag to repeatedly check the socket for more data.
  • OSVDB ID: 6618: Ratbag Game Engine TCP Socket Read DoS

Platforms Affected:

  • Ratbag Games Dirt Track Racing 1.03 and prior
  • Ratbag Games Dirt Track Racing 2
  • Ratbag Games Dirt Track Racing Australia
  • Ratbag Games Dirt Track Racing Sprint Cars 1.01 and prior
  • Ratbag Games Leadfoot
  • Ratbag Games World of Outlaws Spring Cars


Feb 11, 2004

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