SteelArrow UserIdent buffer overflow

steelarrow-userident-bo (9888) The risk level is classified as HighHigh Risk


SteelArrow is vulnerable to a buffer overflow caused by improper bounds checking of user session cookies. By sending an HTTP request containing an overly long UserIdent cookie value in the HTTP header, a remote attacker could overflow a buffer and execute code on the system with SYSTEM level privileges.


Gain Access


Contact Tomahawk Technologies, Inc. for upgrade or patch information. See References.


  • NGSSoftware Insight Security Research Advisory #NISR19082002B: Multiple Remote Buffer Overruns TOMAHAWKS' STEELARROW.
  • SteelArrow Web site: SteelArrow.
  • BID-4860: Tomahawk Technologies SteelArrow Web Application Server Multiple Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities
  • BID-5494: Tomahawk Technologies SteelArrow Cookie HTTP Header Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • BID-5495: Tomahawk Technologies SteelArrow ARO File Request Buffer Overflow Vulnerability
  • BID-5496: Tomahawk Technologies SteelArrow Chunked Transfer Encoding Heap Overflow Vulnerability
  • CVE-2002-1441: Multiple buffer overflows in Tomahawk SteelArrow before 4.5 allow remote attackers to execute arbitrary code via (1) the Steelarrow Service (Steelarrow.exe) using a long UserIdent Cookie header, (2) DLLHOST.EXE (Steelarrow.dll) via a request for a long .aro file, or (3) DLLHOST.EXE via a Chunked Transfer-Encoding request.

Platforms Affected:

  • Tomahawk Technologies SteelArrow 4.1


Aug 19, 2002

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