[Snort-users] SMTP ETRN overflow attempt

Matt Kettler mkettler at ...4108...
Tue May 6 13:09:03 EDT 2003

At 11:37 AM 5/6/2003 -0500, NO JUNK MAIL wrote:
>  Would anybody have a raw packet or more info on what the packet looks 
> like when it is a lagitamite attack.

The the DMail ETRN vulnerability is a classic linear buffer overflow 
attack. It's going to consist of the text "ETRN" (any case) followed by 500 
bytes of arbitrary data ( can be absolutely anything with no CRs), followed 
by exploit code (can vary).

You might be able to narrow this up by looking for "ETRN " instead of 
"ETRN", as the space will need to be in there. Also note that this rule is 
coded to only look for this data at the start of a packet.

One well-known exploit 
just fills the entire "don't care" buffer space with a return address, but 
the data itself (up to where the return address needs to be) can be 

As far as I can tell from reading around, the actual size of the buffer 
area prior to the return address is about 260ish bytes.

It should be noted that a DOS against this can be accomplished in under 500 
bytes, so the rule will only detect an attack that is trying to gain 
access, not merely crash the dmail package. 

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