Bug 1661454 (CVE-2018-19876)

Summary: CVE-2018-19876 cairo: Invalid free in cairo_ft_apply_variations() resulting in a denial of service
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Andrej Nemec <anemec>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
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Version: unspecifiedCC: abhgupta, dbaker, jokerman, mcatanza, otte, sthangav, trankin
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Bug Depends On: 1661455, 1661456, 1661457, 1663110    
Bug Blocks: 1661458    

Description Andrej Nemec 2018-12-21 10:04:15 UTC
cairo 1.16.0, in cairo_ft_apply_variations() in cairo-ft-font.c, would free memory using a free function incompatible with WebKit's fastMalloc, leading to an application crash with a "free(): invalid pointer" error.

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Comment 1 Andrej Nemec 2018-12-21 10:04:31 UTC
Created cairo tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1661456]

Created mingw-cairo tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: epel-7 [bug 1661455]
Affects: fedora-all [bug 1661457]

Comment 2 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2019-01-03 08:19:27 UTC

This is essentially a bug in which cairo tries to free a FT_MM_Var data structure using system free() rather than using FT_Done_MM_Var() when freetype 2.9 is used. This bug is triggered when WebKit tries to use its internal fastMalloc() for allocating and free'ing cairo data structures. This is really cairo and freetype version specific and the trigger factor is how WebKit deals with these data structures.

Based on the complexity of the overall problem and the trigger factor, it is safe to call this low impact.