AOLserver DB proxy daemon libnspd.a library Ns_PdLog() format string

aolserver-dbproxy-format-string (8860) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


AOLserver is vulnerable to a format string attack in the libnspd.a library, which is used to link external database driver proxy daemons. A remote attacker could exploit this vulnerability using the "Error" or "Notice" parameter with the Ns_PdLog function to execute arbitrary code on the system.


Gain Access


Apply the patch for this vulnerability, as listed in INTEXXIA SECURITY ADVISORY #1052-300102. See References.


  • AOLserver Web site: AOLserver.
  • INTEXXIA SECURITY ADVISORY #1052-300102: AOLServer DB Proxy Daemon Format String Vulnerability. (From Neohapsis archive)
  • BID-4535: AOLServer Developer API Ns_PdLog() Format String Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0586: Format string vulnerability in Ns_PdLog function for the external database driver proxy daemon library (libnspd.a) of AOLServer 3.0 through 3.4.2 allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via the Error or Notice parameters.
  • OSVDB ID: 11909: AOLServer libnspd.a Library Ns_PdLog Function Format String

Platforms Affected:

  • AOL AOLserver 3.0
  • AOL AOLserver 3.1
  • AOL AOLserver 3.2
  • AOL AOLserver 3.3
  • AOL AOLserver 3.4.2


Apr 16, 2002

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