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30 Days



This vulnerability is 8 years 0 months and 24 days old there are exploits publicly available for it. The vulnerability itself is over a year old, and with there being exploits publicly available it is highly advisable that this vulnerability is patched immediately.



The remote FTP server is affected by a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability.


Vulnerability Description

The remote host is using ProFTPD, a free FTP server for Unix and Linux.

According to its banner, the version of ProFTPD installed on the remote host is earlier than 1.3.3d. Such versions are reportedly affected by a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability in the function 'sql_prepare_where()' in the file 'contrib/mod_sql.c'. An unauthenticated, remote attacker may be able to exploit this in combination with an earlier SQL injection vulnerability (CVE-2009-0542) to execute arbitrary code with root privileges.

Note that we did not actually test for the flaw but instead has relied on the version in ProFTPD's banner.



Upgrade to ProFTPD version 1.3.3d or later.


Further Information


CVE References

CVE-2010-4652 NIST | MITRE | CVEDetails


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