Novell NetWare PORTAL.NLM groupOperationsMethod() information disclosure

netware-portal-information-disclosure (26488) The risk level is classified as MediumMedium Risk


Novell NetWare could allow a local attacker to obtain sensitive information. The groupOperationsmethod() function in the PORTAL.NLM module writes the username and password to the abend.log file in cleartext each time a user logs on to the system. This could allow an attacker to obtain other user passwords.


Obtain Information


Refer to Novell Technical Information Document TID2973698 for patch or upgrade information. See References.


  • Novell Technical Information Document TID2973698: HTTP Stack Update for NetWare 6.5 SP5 .
  • BID-18017: Novell NetWare Local Information Disclosure Vulnerability
  • CVE-2006-2185: PORTAL.NLM in Novell Netware 6.5 SP5 writes the username and password in cleartext to the abend.log log file when the groupOperationsMethod function fails, which allows context-dependent attackers to gain privileges.
  • OSVDB ID: 25780: Novell NetWare abend.log User Credentials Disclosure
  • SA20288: Novell Netware abend.log User Credentials Disclosure
  • SECTRACK ID: 1016106: NetWare `PORTAL.NLM` Crash May Cause the Target User`s Password to Be Written to the Log File

Platforms Affected:

  • Novell NetWare 6.5 SP5


May 08, 2006

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