Bug 1300312 (CVE-2015-8779) - CVE-2015-8779 glibc: Unbounded stack allocation in catopen function
Summary: CVE-2015-8779 glibc: Unbounded stack allocation in catopen function
Status: NEW
Alias: CVE-2015-8779
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability   
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Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Keywords: Security
Depends On: 1300314 1358015 1374654
Blocks: 1300316 1415638
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Reported: 2016-01-20 13:04 UTC by Adam Mariš
Modified: 2017-08-01 18:13 UTC (History)
25 users (show)

Fixed In Version: glibc 2.23
Doc Type: Bug Fix
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A stack based buffer overflow vulnerability was found in the catopen() function. An excessively long string passed to the function could cause it to crash or, potentially, execute arbitrary code.
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Tracker ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2017:0680 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Moderate: glibc security and bug fix update 2017-03-21 12:36:34 UTC
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2017:1916 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Moderate: glibc security, bug fix, and enhancement update 2017-08-01 18:05:43 UTC
Sourceware 17905 None None None 2016-01-20 13:11 UTC

Description Adam Mariš 2016-01-20 13:04:45 UTC
A stack overflow vulnerability in the catopen function was found, causing applications which pass long strings to the catopen function to crash or, potentially execute arbitrary code.

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Comment 1 Adam Mariš 2016-01-20 13:05:42 UTC
Created glibc tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1300314]

Comment 7 Martin Prpič 2016-07-07 07:57:13 UTC

Do not use applications which call catopen with unbounded strings.  The catopen function is rarely used.  Typical application usage involves passing a short, constant string to catopen, so most applications are not affect even if they call catopen.

Comment 9 errata-xmlrpc 2017-03-21 10:35:55 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6

Via RHSA-2017:0680 https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2017-0680.html

Comment 11 errata-xmlrpc 2017-08-01 18:13:25 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2017:1916 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2017:1916

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