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"Critical" Security Vulnerabilities Discovered Within CA's License Management Software

Security Administrators Worldwide Scramble to Patch Buffer Overflow Vulnerabilities

"Buffer overflow conditions can potentially allow arbitrary code to be executed remotely with local SYSTEM privileges. This affects versions of the CA License software v1.53 through v1.61.8 on the specified platforms. Customers with these vulnerable versions should upgrade to CA License 1.61.9 or higher."

With these two sentences CA yesterday conceded what it called "multiple vulnerability issues recently discovered in the CA License software" - used for the remote management and tracking of software licenses - but at the same time publicized the fact that they have already been resolved, as follows:

"Attention CA Customers: License Patches Are Now Available To Address Buffer Overflows

Working closely with eEye Digital Security and iDEFENSE, the CA Customer Support team has resolved multiple vulnerability issues recently discovered in the CA License software. Both eEye and iDEFENSE have confirmed that these vulnerabilities have been properly addressed. CA has made patches available to any affected license users."

Since the "specified platforms" referred to in those opening sentences included AIX, DEC, HP-UX, Linux Intel, Linux s/390, Solaris, Windows and Apple Mac, this can safely be viewed as an extremely serious vulnerability. 

"It is absolutely imperative that administrators scan their networks to identity vulnerable systems and take corrective actions," said Firas Raouf, chief operating officer of eEye Digital Security, one of the two companies CA specifies as having brought the problem to their attention (last month). 

"The remotely executable nature of this threat, combined with the broad array of platforms it affects, makes this a high priority for enterprises," Raouf added. 

CA License patches that address these issues can be downloaded from here.

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    HomelandSec 03/04/05 03:38:01 AM EST

    Good to see how speedily CA responded here. Their manager for security, privacy, and trust initiatives - John Sabo - has just been appointed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to its Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Sabo is also an officer of the International Security, Trust and Privacy Alliance (ISTPA). CA takes security extremely seriously.

    an00n 03/04/05 02:35:16 AM EST

    There seems to be an alarming trend towards insane levels of paranoia, especially here in the US. At the same time there is an unprecedented increase in cases of clinical paranoia and related mental disorders. I wonder if there is any correlation... For sure there are thousands of security related companies doing good business and politicians pushing their agendas.

    CA Danger 03/04/05 02:32:36 AM EST

    Discovered in February, not patched till March - what happened in between??

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