Bug 1305494 - php: exec function ignore length and look for NULL termination
php: exec function ignore length and look for NULL termination
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: 1305565
Blocks: 1305564
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Reported: 2016-02-08 07:31 EST by Adam Mariš
Modified: 2016-07-27 16:28 EDT (History)
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Fixed In Version: php 5.6.18, php 5.5.32
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Last Closed: 2016-07-27 16:28:37 EDT
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Description Adam Mariš 2016-02-08 07:31:55 EST
It was reported that functions defined in ext/standard/exec.c which work with strings (escapeshellcmd, eschapeshellarg, shell_exec), all ignore the length of the PHP string and work with NULL termination instead. If the string is not NULL terminated (some function uses RETURN_STRINGL(buf, len, 0); where buf is not NULL terminated), running these functions will cause buffer overflow.

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Comment 1 Adam Mariš 2016-02-08 10:14:00 EST
Created php tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1305565]
Comment 2 Tomas Hoger 2016-07-27 16:28:37 EDT
Upstream does not believe this is real security problem.  PHP does not normally create strings which are not NULL terminated, making it unlikely to have untrusted, not NULL terminated inputs passed to the affected escaping functions.  Therefore, there's currently no plan to backport this fix to PHP versions in Red Hat products.

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