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glibc getaddrinfo Stack-Based Buffer Overflow

glibc getaddrinfo Stack-Based Buffer Overflow
Posted Feb 17, 2016
Authored by Fermin J. Serna, Kevin Stadmeyer | Site googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.com

glibc reserves 2048 bytes in the stack through alloca() for the DNS answer at _nss_dns_gethostbyname4_r() for hosting responses to a DNS query. Later on, at send_dg() and send_vc(), if the response is larger than 2048 bytes, a new buffer is allocated from the heap and all the information (buffer pointer, new buffer size and response size) is updated. Under certain conditions a mismatch between the stack buffer and the new heap allocation will happen. The final effect is that the stack buffer will be used to store the DNS response, even though the response is larger than the stack buffer and a heap buffer was allocated. This behavior leads to the stack buffer overflow. Included in this archive is a copy of the Google Security blog post and proof of concept code that demonstrates the vulnerability.

tags | exploit, overflow, proof of concept
systems | linux
advisories | CVE-2015-7547
MD5 | 5ca816f1d5b6f51ee9db2cab14ca2a96

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