Bug 1265998 - (CVE-2015-7313) CVE-2015-7313 libtiff: OOM when parsing crafted tiff files
CVE-2015-7313 libtiff: OOM when parsing crafted tiff files
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1265999 1266000
Blocks: 1266001
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Reported: 2015-09-24 05:36 EDT by Martin Prpič
Modified: 2015-11-02 07:29 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2015-10-07 09:49:58 EDT
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Description Martin Prpič 2015-09-24 05:36:53 EDT
A denial of service flaw was found in the way libtiff parsed certain tiff files. An attacker could use this flaw to create a specially crafted TIFF file that would cause an application using libtiff to exhaust all available memory on the system.

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Comment 1 Martin Prpič 2015-09-24 05:37:49 EDT
Created libtiff tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1265999]
Comment 2 Martin Prpič 2015-09-24 05:37:54 EDT
Created mingw-libtiff tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1266000]
Comment 3 Stefan Cornelius 2015-10-07 06:48:48 EDT
On Fedora and RHEL7, disabling memory overcommit (echo 2 > /proc/sys/vm/overcommit_memory) seems to "fix" this issue. Thus, there is nothing wrong with the libtiff code. Instead, the memory overcommit will prevent certain memory errors to be passed to the libtiff code, ultimately "bypassing" the libtiff error checks, leading to an OOM kill instead of a libtiff exit.

On RHEL6, it detects and integer overflow and exits:
TIFFReadDirectory: Warning, oom.tif: Bogus "StripByteCounts" field, ignoring and calculating from imagelength.
oom.tif: Integer overflow in TIFFVStripSize.
TIFFReadDirectory: oom.tif: cannot handle zero strip size.
Comment 4 Federico Leva 2015-10-26 10:45:28 EDT
A variant with "bus error" was seen libtiff 3.4 http://markmail.org/message/igqy46wj7kzhnkjv

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