Novell eDirectory 8.8 code injection

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A vulnerability was found in Novell eDirectory 8.8 (Directory Service Software). It has been rated as problematic. This issue affects some unknown processing. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a code injection vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-94. The software constructs all or part of a code segment using externally-influenced input from an upstream component, but it does not neutralize or incorrectly neutralizes special elements that could modify the syntax or behavior of the intended code segment. Impacted is confidentiality.

The weakness was presented 07/14/2009 by Alin Rad Pop with Novell (Website). The advisory is shared at The identification of this vulnerability is CVE-2009-2457 since 07/14/2009. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be initiated remotely. No form of authentication is needed for a successful exploitation. Technical details are unknown but a public exploit is available. MITRE ATT&CK project uses the attack technique T1059 for this issue.

A public exploit has been developed in Python. The exploit is available at It is declared as proof-of-concept. We expect the 0-day to have been worth approximately $5k-$25k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 39805 (Novell eDirectory < 8.8 SP5 Multiple Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Misc..

Upgrading to version 8.8 eliminates this vulnerability. A possible mitigation has been published before and not just after the disclosure of the vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at X-Force (51706) and Tenable (39805). See 45031, 45030, 45029 and 45028 for similar entries.






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  • end of life

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VulDB Meta Base Score: 5.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 4.8

VulDB Base Score: 5.3
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Class: Code injection
CWE: CWE-94 / CWE-74 / CWE-707
ATT&CK: T1059

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Access: Public
Status: Proof-of-Concept
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Nessus ID: 39805
Nessus Name: Novell eDirectory < 8.8 SP5 Multiple Vulnerabilities
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OpenVAS ID: 900901
OpenVAS Name: Novell eDirectory Multiple Vulnerabilities - Jul09 (Linux)
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Recommended: Upgrade
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Researcher: Alin Rad Pop
Organization: Novell
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CVE: CVE-2009-2457 (🔍)
X-Force: 51706
Vulnerability Center: 22912 - Novell eDirectory \x3C 8.8 SP5 Malformed Bind LDAP Packet Remote Dos Vulnerability, High
SecurityFocus: 35666 - Novell eDirectory Multiple Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 34160 - Novell eDirectory Multiple Vulnerabilities, Moderately Critical
OSVDB: 55849 - Novell eDirectory DS\NDSD Component Malformed Bind LDAP Packet Remote DoS
Vupen: ADV-2009-1883

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Created: 03/17/2015 11:38 PM
Updated: 08/12/2021 12:22 PM
Changes: 03/17/2015 11:38 PM (66), 02/11/2017 04:48 PM (19), 08/12/2021 12:22 PM (3)
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