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Release mode: Coordinated but limited disclosure.
Ref         : [TZO-34-2009] - F-prot RAR,ARJ,LHA bypass
Vendor      :      
Status      : Current version not patched, next engine version will be patched
CVE         : none provided
Credit      : Given in the History file
OSVDB vendor entry: none [1]
Security notification reaction rating : good
Notification to patch window : n+1 (no patch for current build)

Disclosure Policy :

Affected products (all versions below 4.5.0 )
  • F-PROT AVES (High: complete bypass of engine)
  • F-PROT Antivirus for Windows (unknown)
  • F-PROT Antivirus for Windows on Mail Servers : (High: complete bypass of engine)
  • F-PROT Antivirus for Exchange (High: complete bypass of engine)
  • F-PROT Antivirus for Linux x86 Mail Servers : (High: complete bypass of engine)
  • F-PROT Antivirus for Linux x86 File Servers : (High: complete bypass of engine)
  • F-PROT Antivirus for Solaris SPARC / Solaris x86 Mail Servers (High: complete bypass of engine)
  • F-PROT Milter - for example sendmail (High: complete bypass of engine)
  • F-PROT Antivirus for Linux on IBM zSeries (S/390) (High: complete bypass of engine)
  • F-Prot Antivirus for Linux x86 Workstations (unknown)
OEM Partners affected :
  • Autentium  (all versions)

OEM Partners with unknown status :
  • Sendmail, Inc.
  • G-Data

I. Background
Quote: "FRISK Software International, established in 1993, is one of the world's leading companies in antivirus research and product development.

FRISK Software produces the hugely popular F-Prot Antivirus products range offering unrivalled heuristic detection capabilities. In addition to this,  the F-Prot AVES managed online e-mail security service filters away the  nuisance of spam e-mail as well as viruses, worms and other malware that increasingly clog up inboxes and threaten data security."

II. Description
The parsing engine can be bypassed by a specially crafted and formated RAR archive.

III. Impact
A general description of the impact and nature of AV Bypasses/evasions can be read at :

The bug results in denying the engine the possibility to inspect
code within RAR archives. There is no inspection of the content
at all and hence the impossibility to detect malicious code.

IV. Disclosure timeline

  • 07/05/2009 : Send proof of concept, description the terms under which I cooperate and the planned disclosure date.
         No reply
  • 09/05/2009 : Resending PoC file asking to please acknowledge receipt

  • 19/05/2009 : Frisk acks receipt and states that  "I have confirmed that this issue is indeed  present in F-Prot engine versions 4.4.4 and earlier.  It is not present  in the 4.5.0 engine, which is the current development version, and is scheduled for release in the near future"

  • 20/05/2009 : Ask for patch timeline
  • 22/05/2009 : Frisk states that there will be no patch for versions below 4.5.0 and that the next version 4.5.0 is not affected (dev build)

    "As a side note, F-PROT 4.4 and older also had a similar issue  with ARJ and LHA/LZH files - failing  to detect the archive if  it was not at the beginning of the file"

  • 10/06/2009 : Ask Frisk whether 4.5.0 has been released now
           no reply
  • 18/06/2009 : Release of this advisory.

F-prot is encouraged to leave their security contact details at
to facilate communication and reduce lost reports.


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