Bug 910040 (CVE-2013-0272)

Summary: CVE-2013-0272 pidgin: MXit protocol stack-based buffer overflow when processing HTTP headers
Product: [Other] Security Response Reporter: Jan Lieskovsky <jlieskov>
Component: vulnerabilityAssignee: Red Hat Product Security <security-response-team>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact:
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Priority: medium    
Version: unspecifiedCC: jrb, mbarnes, security-response-team
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Hardware: All   
OS: Linux   
Whiteboard: impact=moderate,public=20130213,reported=20130208,source=upstream,cvss2=4.3/AV:N/AC:M/Au:N/C:N/I:N/A:P,rhel-5/pidgin=affected,rhel-6/pidgin=affected,fedora-all/pidgin=affected,cwe=CWE-121[auto]
Fixed In Version: pidgin 2.10.7 Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2013-03-14 12:54:07 EDT Type: ---
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Bug Depends On: 910651, 910652, 910653, 910654, 910826    
Bug Blocks: 909372    
Description Flags
Local copy of (by Pidgin upstream) proposed patch to fix the CVE-2013-0272 issue none

Description Jan Lieskovsky 2013-02-11 11:49:16 EST
A stack-based buffer overflow flaw was found in the way MXit protocol plug-in of libPurple processed certain HTTP headers data. A rogue server or remote attacker could send a specially-crafted HTTP request that, when processed by the Pidgin client, would lead to pidgin executable crash or, potentially, arbitrary code execution with the privileges of the user running the pidgin binary.

Upstream ticket:
[1] http://pidgin.im/news/security/?id=66
Comment 2 Jan Lieskovsky 2013-02-11 12:00:04 EST
Created attachment 696215 [details]
Local copy of (by Pidgin upstream) proposed patch to fix the CVE-2013-0272 issue
Comment 3 Jan Lieskovsky 2013-02-11 12:01:06 EST
This issue affects the versions of the pidgin package, as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.


This issue affects the versions of the pidgin package, as shipped with Fedora release of 16, 17, and 18.
Comment 7 Jan Lieskovsky 2013-02-13 11:27:17 EST
Created pidgin tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 910826]
Comment 8 Vincent Danen 2013-02-13 14:34:41 EST
External References:

Comment 9 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2013-03-04 00:54:21 EST
Upstream patch:

Comment 10 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2013-03-04 01:21:02 EST

There are two parts to the patch, the first part just null terminates buf and the second one actually prevents the buffer overflow.

buf is on the stack and is defined as "char buf[256]" also looking at the disassemble i find the following:

   0x0000a1c0 <+1168>:	call   0x17ed0 <__stack_chk_fail_local>

There are no other strings in the function, so based on above i am going to assume that the function is protected by SSP
Comment 12 Huzaifa S. Sidhpurwala 2013-03-04 04:05:34 EST

Red Hat would like to thank the Pidgin project for reporting this issue. Upstream acknowledges Daniel Atallah as the original reporter.
Comment 14 errata-xmlrpc 2013-03-14 12:50:45 EDT
This issue has been addressed in following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Via RHSA-2013:0646 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2013-0646.html