Bug 1532768 (CVE-2017-15132) - CVE-2017-15132 dovecot: Auth leaks memory if SASL authentication is aborted
Summary: CVE-2017-15132 dovecot: Auth leaks memory if SASL authentication is aborted
Status: NEW
Alias: CVE-2017-15132
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
medium
medium
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Keywords: Reopened, Security
Depends On: 1532769 1538717 1551758 1551759
Blocks: 1538713
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
 
Reported: 2018-01-09 18:54 UTC by Pedro Sampaio
Modified: 2019-05-16 08:07 UTC (History)
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Aborting the process of SASL authentication can lead to a memory leak when the same login processes are reused. An attacker could use this flaw to cause a denial of service due to memory exhaustion.
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Last Closed: 2018-02-19 20:23:34 UTC


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Description Pedro Sampaio 2018-01-09 18:54:56 UTC
A flaw was found in dovecot 2.0 up to 2.2.33 and 2.3.0. A abort of SASL authentication results in a memory leak in Dovecot auth client used by login processes. The leak has impact in high performance configuration where same login processes are reused and can cause the process to crash due to memory exhaustion.

Upstream patch:

https://github.com/dovecot/core/commit/1a29ed2f96da1be22fa5a4d96c7583aa81b8b060.patch

https://github.com/dovecot/core/commit/a9b135760aea6d1790d447d351c56b78889dac22.patch

Comment 1 Pedro Sampaio 2018-01-09 18:55:02 UTC
Acknowledgments:

Name: The Dovecot Project

Comment 3 Pedro Sampaio 2018-01-25 16:12:20 UTC
Created dovecot tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1538717]

Comment 4 Pedro Sampaio 2018-01-25 16:18:57 UTC
Mitigation:

This issue can be mitigated on vulnerable systems by limiting the login process to a single request per process, which is also the default value.

Comment 6 Pedro Yóssis Silva Barbosa 2018-02-19 20:32:56 UTC
A flaw was found in the original upstream fix, this additional fix is needed: 
https://github.com/dovecot/core/commit/a9b135760aea6d1790d447d351c56b78889dac22.patch see this post for details: http://seclists.org/oss-sec/2018/q1/119

Comment 9 Pedro Yóssis Silva Barbosa 2018-03-05 22:04:14 UTC
External References:

https://www.dovecot.org/list/dovecot-news/2018-February/000370.html


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