AMANDA amindexd daemon buffer overflow could allow remote root access

amanda-amindexd-bo (9181) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


AMANDA (Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver) is vulnerable to a buffer overflow in the amindexd daemon, caused by improper bounds checking of user supplied-input. By passing an overly long argument to the amindexd daemon listening on TCP port 10082, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute arbitrary code on the system with root privileges.


Gain Access


Upgrade to the latest version of AMANDA (2.4.2p2 or later), available from the AMANDA Web site. See References.


  • AMANDA Web site: AMANDA, The Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver.
  • BugTraq Mailing List, Mon May 27 2002 - 04:49:55 CDT: AMANDA security issues.
  • BID-4836: AMANDA amindexd Remote Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • BID-4840: AMANDA amcheck Local Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-0901: Multiple buffer overflows in Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver (AMANDA) allow (1) remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via long commands to the amindexd daemon, or certain local users to execute arbitrary code via long command line arguments to the programs (2) amcheck, (3) amgetidx, (4) amtrmidx, (5) createindex-dump, or (6) createindex-gnutar.

Platforms Affected:

  • University of Maryland at College Park AMANDA Backup Package


May 27, 2002

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