Bug 1505445 (CVE-2017-13090) - CVE-2017-13090 wget: Heap-based buffer overflow in HTTP protocol handling
Summary: CVE-2017-13090 wget: Heap-based buffer overflow in HTTP protocol handling
Alias: CVE-2017-13090
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1505488 1505489 1505490 1505491 1506720 1561420
Blocks: 1505449
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2017-10-23 15:09 UTC by Adam Mariš
Modified: 2021-02-17 01:19 UTC (History)
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A heap-based buffer overflow, when processing chunked encoded HTTP responses, was found in wget. By tricking an unsuspecting user into connecting to a malicious HTTP server, an attacker could exploit this flaw to potentially execute arbitrary code.
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Last Closed: 2017-10-27 09:59:01 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)
Upstream patch (1.14 KB, patch)
2017-10-23 15:10 UTC, Adam Mariš
no flags Details | Diff

System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2017:3075 0 normal SHIPPED_LIVE Important: wget security update 2017-10-26 20:45:42 UTC

Description Adam Mariš 2017-10-23 15:09:43 UTC
A heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability was found in HTTP protocol handling, potentially allowing a code execution.

The retr.c:fd_read_body() function is called when processing OK responses. When the response is sent chunked, the chunk parser uses strtol() to read each chunk's length, but doesn't check that the chunk length is a non-negative number. The code then tries to read the chunk in pieces of 8192 bytes by using the MIN() macro, but ends up passing the negative chunk length to retr.c:fd_read(). As fd_read() takes an int argument, the high 32 bits of the chunk length are discarded, leaving fd_read() with a completely attacker controlled length argument. The attacker can corrupt malloc metadata after the allocated buffer.

Comment 2 Adam Mariš 2017-10-23 15:10:55 UTC
Created attachment 1342259 [details]
Upstream patch

Comment 7 Adam Mariš 2017-10-24 08:45:04 UTC

Name: the GNU Wget project

Comment 9 Stefan Cornelius 2017-10-24 11:14:23 UTC
Looks like this was introduced via

RHEL6 does not have this code.

Comment 11 Stefan Cornelius 2017-10-26 09:32:41 UTC

This issue affects the versions of wget as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. This issue did not affect the versions of wget as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 and 6.

Comment 13 Stefan Cornelius 2017-10-26 16:10:40 UTC
Created wget tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1506720]

Comment 15 errata-xmlrpc 2017-10-26 16:46:10 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2017:3075 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2017:3075

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