Bug 1287695 (CVE-2015-8393) - CVE-2015-8393 pcre: pcregrep -q is not always quiet (8.38/28)
Summary: CVE-2015-8393 pcre: pcregrep -q is not always quiet (8.38/28)
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Status: CLOSED NOTABUG
Alias: CVE-2015-8393
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1287697 1287698 1287699 1287700
Blocks: 1287727
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Reported: 2015-12-02 14:05 UTC by Adam Mariš
Modified: 2019-10-10 10:36 UTC (History)
17 users (show)

Fixed In Version: pcre 8.38
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2016-02-18 13:58:23 UTC


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Description Adam Mariš 2015-12-02 14:05:21 UTC
It was discovered that pcregrep in PCRE before 8.38 mishandles the -q option for binary files or when used with -c or -l options, incorrectly writing output to stdout, which might allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information via a crafted file.

Comment 1 Adam Mariš 2015-12-02 14:06:08 UTC
Created pcre tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1287697]

Comment 2 Adam Mariš 2015-12-02 14:06:16 UTC
Created glib2 tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1287699]

Comment 3 Adam Mariš 2015-12-02 14:06:25 UTC
Created mingw-pcre tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1287698]
Affects: epel-7 [bug 1287700]

Comment 4 Adam Mariš 2015-12-02 15:24:39 UTC
Corresponds to item 28 in http://vcs.pcre.org/pcre/code/trunk/ChangeLog?view=markup

Comment 5 Petr Pisar 2015-12-02 16:11:26 UTC
Fixed in upstream with:

commit 8dda766e48f3bd16df6d8af870e9df4551b6216d
Author: ph10 <ph10@2f5784b3-3f2a-0410-8824-cb99058d5e15>
Date:   Wed Aug 5 17:43:19 2015 +0000

    Make pcregrep -q override -l and -c for compatibility with other greps.
    
    
    git-svn-id: svn://vcs.exim.org/pcre/code/trunk@1586 2f5784b3-3f2a-0410-8824-
cb99058d5e15

Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2016-01-04 19:55:05 UTC
pcre-8.38-1.fc22 has been pushed to the Fedora 22 stable repository. If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 7 Tomas Hoger 2016-02-18 13:47:03 UTC
(In reply to Petr Pisar from comment #5)
> Fixed in upstream with:
> 
> commit 8dda766e48f3bd16df6d8af870e9df4551b6216d
> Author: ph10 <ph10@2f5784b3-3f2a-0410-8824-cb99058d5e15>
> Date:   Wed Aug 5 17:43:19 2015 +0000
> 
> Make pcregrep -q override -l and -c for compatibility with other greps.

Upstream commit link:

http://vcs.pcre.org/pcre?view=revision&revision=1586

Comment 8 Tomas Hoger 2016-02-18 13:58:23 UTC
Upstream fix corrects two problems:

- When pcregrep is run with both -q (--quiet) and one of -c (--count) and -l (--files-with-matches) it still generates output unlike other grep implementations.  As these options are conflicting, this may be considered bug, but not a security issue.

- When pcregrep is rung with -q and the file being grepped is binary, it prints a message as: "Binary file filname matches".  Reportedly, this is an information leak issue (where leaked information is the name of file being grepped).  Leak can only happen in very specific circumstances, and I don't think this is really worth calling security given the minimal impact.

This second problem was only introduced in version 8.31, when pcregrep got support for binary files:

http://vcs.pcre.org/pcre?view=revision&revision=947

This bug also does not affect various packages that embed PCRE library, as it's not in the library itself, but in the pcregrep tool.


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