[NT] Exchange Calendar MODPROPS DoS (MS07-026)

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Exchange Calendar MODPROPS DoS (MS07-026)


Determina Security Research has discovered a denial of service
vulnerability in the code responsible for parsing iCal email attachments
in Microsoft Exchange. This vulnerability can be exploited by a malicious
email message and results in a denial of service. The vulnerable code is
present in Exchange 2000 and 2003.

Microsoft fixed a related vulnerability with the MS06-019 security update,
but their fix introduced a new denial of service bug. Determina Security
Research was able to develop a proof-of-concept exploit that works against
fully-patched Exchange servers.


The iCal file format is described in detail in RFC2445. The file consists
of a series of records, delimited by BEGIN and END tags. Each record can
have multiple named properties. The iCal parser in Exchange maintains a
table of properties valid in the current context and switches to the
appropriate table upon entering a new record.

The X-MICROSOFT-CDO-MODPROPS property is an undocumented Microsoft
extension which allows the iCal file to specify a list of properties that
are considered valid in a specific record. All other properties will be
ignored by Exchange. The following example shows a typical usage of this

SUMMARY:Bastille Day Party

In this example, the SUMMARY property will not be processed by Exchange.

When the parser encounters the MODPROPS property, it calls
CICalSchema::AllocPropTables to allocate a new table of valid properties.
The pointer to the new table is stored in this->field_F0 and the list of
valid properties is copied into the table. If there is a second MODPROPS
property, the function will be called again and will reuse the previously
allocated table. If the second MODPROPS element is longer than the first
one, the copy loop will write past the end of the table.

This vulnerability was fixed in MS06-019 by adding a call to
CICalSchema::FreePropTables in the beginning of the AllocPropTables
function. This ensures that the previous property table is freed and
AllocPropTables allocates a new one of sufficient size.

Unfortunately, FreePropTables also sets the this->field_28 pointer to
NULL. The NULL pointer is later used in a memcpy operation in
AllocPropTables and causes an unhandled exception, resulting in a crash of

// Allocate a new property table

int CICalSchema::AllocPropTables(arg_0, arg_4)


// Allocate space for the new table

if (this->field_F0 == NULL)
this->field_F0 = new(vector_size*16);


// NULL pointer dereference of this->field_28
memcpy(&this->field_F4[offset_F4], &this->field_28[index*20], 20);

// Free the property table

void CICalSchema::FreePropTables()
if (this->field_F0 != NULL) {

this->field_F0 = NULL;

if (this->field_F4 != NULL) {
if (this->field_28 == this->field_F4) {
this->field_28 = NULL; // set this->field_28 to NULL
this->field_1C = 0;

this->field_F4 = NULL;


Vendor response:
Microsoft issued the MS07-026 patch on May 8, 2007.


The information has been provided by <mailto:asotirov@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Alexander Sotirov.
The original article can be found at:
<http://www.determina.com/security.research/vulnerabilities/exchange-ical-modprops.html> http://www.determina.com/security.research/vulnerabilities/exchange-ical-modprops.html


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