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CVE-2017-1000254

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Overview

libcurl may read outside of a heap allocated buffer when doing FTP. When libcurl connects to an FTP server and successfully logs in (anonymous or not), it asks the server for the current directory with the `PWD` command. The server then responds with a 257 response containing the path, inside double quotes. The returned path name is then kept by libcurl for subsequent uses. Due to a flaw in the string parser for this directory name, a directory name passed like this but without a closing double quote would lead to libcurl not adding a trailing NUL byte to the buffer holding the name. When libcurl would then later access the string, it could read beyond the allocated heap buffer and crash or wrongly access data beyond the buffer, thinking it was part of the path. A malicious server could abuse this fact and effectively prevent libcurl-based clients to work with it - the PWD command is always issued on new FTP connections and the mistake has a high chance of causing a segfault. The simple fact that this has issue remained undiscovered for this long could suggest that malformed PWD responses are rare in benign servers. We are not aware of any exploit of this flaw. This bug was introduced in commit [415d2e7cb7](https://github.com/curl/curl/commit/415d2e7cb7), March 2005. In libcurl version 7.56.0, the parser always zero terminates the string but also rejects it if not terminated properly with a final double quote.

Related Files

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201712-04
Posted Dec 15, 2017
Authored by Gentoo | Site security.gentoo.org

Gentoo Linux Security Advisory 201712-4 - Multiple vulnerabilities have been found in cURL, the worst of which may allow execution of arbitrary code. Versions less than 7.57.0 are affected.

tags | advisory, arbitrary, vulnerability
systems | linux, gentoo
advisories | CVE-2017-1000254, CVE-2017-1000257, CVE-2017-8816, CVE-2017-8817, CVE-2017-8818
MD5 | 6d78a3a66d6ef06d18a2e705bf7acedd
Apple Security Advisory 2017-12-6-1
Posted Dec 8, 2017
Authored by Apple | Site apple.com

Apple Security Advisory 2017-12-6-1 - macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, Security Update 2017-002 Sierra, and Security Update 2017-005 El Capitan are now available and address issues in apache, curl, and more.

tags | advisory
systems | apple
advisories | CVE-2017-1000254, CVE-2017-13826, CVE-2017-13833, CVE-2017-13844, CVE-2017-13847, CVE-2017-13848, CVE-2017-13855, CVE-2017-13858, CVE-2017-13860, CVE-2017-13862, CVE-2017-13865, CVE-2017-13867, CVE-2017-13868, CVE-2017-13869, CVE-2017-13871, CVE-2017-13872, CVE-2017-13875, CVE-2017-13876, CVE-2017-13878, CVE-2017-13883, CVE-2017-3735, CVE-2017-9798
MD5 | af68f4baa82f3969d3d701de1140c5ee
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3441-2
Posted Oct 23, 2017
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 3441-2 - USN-3441-1 fixed several vulnerabilities in curl. This update provides the corresponding update for Ubuntu 12.04 ESM. A Daniel Stenberg discovered that curl incorrectly handled large A floating point output. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause A curl to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute A arbitrary code. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, remote, denial of service, arbitrary, vulnerability
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2016-9586, CVE-2017-1000100, CVE-2017-1000101, CVE-2017-1000254, CVE-2017-1000257, CVE-2017-7407
MD5 | 760c2b6698f663e2ef5f890cf50af9ce
Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3441-1
Posted Oct 10, 2017
Authored by Ubuntu | Site security.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Security Notice 3441-1 - Daniel Stenberg discovered that curl incorrectly handled large floating point output. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause curl to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly execute arbitrary code. This issue only affected Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Even Rouault discovered that curl incorrectly handled large file names when doing TFTP transfers. A remote attacker could use this issue to cause curl to crash, resulting in a denial of service, or possibly obtain sensitive memory contents. Various other issues were also addressed.

tags | advisory, remote, denial of service, arbitrary
systems | linux, ubuntu
advisories | CVE-2016-9586, CVE-2017-1000100, CVE-2017-1000101, CVE-2017-1000254, CVE-2017-7407
MD5 | 468c542294e04538fc3029551a7a687a
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