NSFOCUS Security Advisory Memcached Multiple Integer Overflow Vulnerabilities

On October 31, 2016 (local time), Cisco Talos published three integer overflow vulnerabilities with the Memcached server on its official website http://www.talosintelligence.com.

The vulnerability assigned CVE-2016-8704 was found in the process_bin_append_prepend function. CVE-2016-8705 is about an integer overflow in the process_bin_update function. The last vulnerability, namely CVE-2016-8706, has been confirmed to be associated with the process_bin_sasl_auth function. All these vulnerabilities could be exploited to cause a heap overflow, leading to remote code execution.

For details, click the following links:

http://www.talosintelligence.com/reports/TALOS-2016-0219/

http://www.talosintelligence.com/reports/TALOS-2016-0220/

http://www.talosintelligence.com/reports/TALOS-2016-0221/

For the official release notes regarding fixes for these vulnerabilities, visit the following link:

https://github.com/memcached/memcached/wiki/ReleaseNotes1433

What Is Memcached?

Memcached is a high-performance, distributed memory object caching system for speeding up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load. Specifically, it speeds up dynamic database-driven websites by caching data and objects in RAM to reduce the number of times an external data source must be read. Memcached is a hashmap of key-value pairs. Its daemon is written in C, but the client can be written in any languages and communicates with the daemon via the memcached protocol.

Alert Level Graded by NSFOCUS

High-level: With an extensive scope of impact and a potential for serious damage, the threat is comparatively easy to exploit. For such threats, NSFOCUS should initiate the 24/7 emergency handling mechanism and complete technical analysis, upgrade related products, and produce appropriate solutions within 24 hours.

Affected Versions

  • Memcached version < 1.4.33

Unaffected Versions

  • Memcached version = 1.4.33

Fixes

The vendor has released an update. Users are advised to upgrade Memcached to the latest version by downloading the update from the vendor’s official website:

http://www.memcached.org/

NSFOCUS’s security team will keep a close eye on the dynamics of the event. Our follow-ups also include releasing a detailed analysis report and providing more details about product upgrade and solutions.

NSFOCUS’s Criteria for Grading Security Threats

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LevelDescription
HighWith an extensive scope of impact and a potential for serious damage, the threat is comparatively easy to exploit. For such threats, NSFOCUS should initiate the 24/7 emergency handling mechanism and complete technical analysis, upgrade related products, and produce appropriate solutions within 24 hours.
MediumWith a controllable scope of impact and controllable potential damage, the threat is comparatively difficult to exploit. For such threats, NSFOCUS should initiate the 7×8 (8 hours a day, 7 days a week) emergency handling mechanism and complete technical analysis, upgrade related products, and produce appropriate solutions within 72 hours.
LowWith a limited scope of impact and limited degree of damage.

Statement

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About NSFOCUS

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