IBM Informix Dynamic Server memory corruption

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A vulnerability, which was classified as critical, has been found in IBM Informix Dynamic Server (Information Management Software) (affected version not known). Affected by this issue is some unknown functionality. The manipulation with an unknown input leads to a memory corruption vulnerability. Using CWE to declare the problem leads to CWE-119. Impacted is confidentiality, integrity, and availability.

The bug was discovered 01/06/2005. The weakness was disclosed 07/31/2006 by David Litchfield with Next Generation Security Software (Website). The advisory is available at This vulnerability is handled as CVE-2006-3853 since 07/26/2006. The exploitation is known to be easy. The attack may be launched remotely. No form of authentication is required for exploitation. The technical details are unknown and an exploit is not available. The structure of the vulnerability defines a possible price range of USD $5k-$25k at the moment (estimation calculated on 11/29/2018). It is expected to see the exploit prices for this product increasing in the near future.

It is declared as proof-of-concept. The vulnerability was handled as a non-public zero-day exploit for at least 571 days. During that time the estimated underground price was around $25k-$100k. The vulnerability scanner Nessus provides a plugin with the ID 22229 (Informix Dynamic Server Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities), which helps to determine the existence of the flaw in a target environment. It is assigned to the family Gain a shell remotely and running in the context remote.

Upgrading eliminates this vulnerability.

The vulnerability is also documented in the databases at SecurityFocus (BID 19264), X-Force (28126), Secunia (SA21301) and Tenable (22229). The entries 31824, 31822, 31685 and 31684 are pretty similar.





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VulDB Meta Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Meta Temp Score: 6.6

VulDB Base Score: 7.3
VulDB Temp Score: 6.6
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Class: Memory corruption
CWE: CWE-119
ATT&CK: Unknown

Local: No
Remote: Yes

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Status: Proof-of-Concept

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Nessus ID: 22229
Nessus Name: Informix Dynamic Server Multiple Remote Vulnerabilities
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Recommended: Upgrade
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01/06/2005 🔍
07/26/2006 +566 days 🔍
07/31/2006 +5 days 🔍
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08/08/2006 +6 days 🔍
08/16/2006 +8 days 🔍
05/08/2016 +3553 days 🔍
11/29/2018 +935 days 🔍



Researcher: David Litchfield
Organization: Next Generation Security Software
Status: Not defined
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CVE: CVE-2006-3853 (🔍)
SecurityFocus: 19264 - IBM Informix Dynamic Server Multiple Vulnerabilities
Secunia: 21301
X-Force: 28126
OSVDB: 27687 - IBM Informix Dynamic Server SET DEBUG FILE Overflow
Vupen: ADV-2006-3077

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Created: 05/08/2016 07:55 PM
Updated: 11/29/2018 10:14 AM
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