CAN-2004-0807 and CAN-2005-0808: Samba 3.0.x <= 3.0.6 DoS Vulnerabilities

Subject:	Samba 3.0.x Denial of Service Flaw
CVE #:		CAN-2004-0807, CAN-2005-0808
Versions:	Samba 3.0.x <= 3.0.6
Summary:	(i) A DoS bug in smbd may allow an
		unauthenticated user to cause smbd to
		spawn new processes each one entering
		an infinite loop.  After sending a sufficient
		amount of packets it is possible to exhaust
		the memory resources on the server.

		(ii) A DoS bug in nmbd may allow an attacker
		to remotely crash the nmbd daemon.

Patch Availability

The patch file for Samba 3.0.5 addressing both bugs (samba-3.0.5-DoS.patch) 
can be downloaded from

The patch has been signed with the "Samba Distribution Verification
Key"  (ID 2F87AF6F).


CAN-2004-0807: A defect in smbd's ASN.1 parsing allows an
attacker to send a specially crafted packet during the
authentication request which will send the newly spawned
smbd process into an infinite loop.  Given enough of these
packets, it is possible to exhaust the available memory
on the server.

CAN-2004-0808: A defect in nmbd's process of mailslot packets
can allow an attacker to anonymously crash nmbd.

Protecting Unpatched Servers

The Samba Team always encourages users to run the latest stable
release as a defense of against attacks.  However, under certain
circumstances it may not be possible to immediately upgrade
important installations.  In such cases, administrators should
read the "Server Security" documentation found at


Both security issues were reported to Samba developers by
iDEFENSE (  The defect discovery
was anonymously reported to iDEFENSE via their Vulnerability
Contributor Program (

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