Bug 1602838 (CVE-2018-13988) - CVE-2018-13988 poppler: out of bounds read in pdfunite
Summary: CVE-2018-13988 poppler: out of bounds read in pdfunite
Alias: CVE-2018-13988
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: 1607461 1607462 1607463 1609036
Blocks: 1602839
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-07-18 15:27 UTC by Laura Pardo
Modified: 2021-02-16 23:56 UTC (History)
11 users (show)

Fixed In Version: poppler 0.67.0
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Last Closed: 2019-06-10 10:33:24 UTC

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System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2018:3140 0 None None None 2018-10-30 07:42:58 UTC

Description Laura Pardo 2018-07-18 15:27:08 UTC
An out-of-bounds read flaw was found in the Poppler library as demonstrated by pdfunite. This may result in a denial of service or other undefined behavior. This flaw may be exploitable when a victim opens a specially crafted PDF file.

Upstream Patch: https://cgit.freedesktop.org/poppler/poppler/commit/?id=004e3c10df0abda214f0c293f9e269fdd979c5ee

Comment 1 Laura Pardo 2018-07-23 15:12:49 UTC

Name: Hosein Askari

Comment 2 Laura Pardo 2018-07-23 15:14:14 UTC
Created mingw-poppler tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1607462]

Created poppler tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1607461]

Comment 4 Scott Gayou 2018-07-26 17:59:57 UTC
Downgrading this to low. No obvious, quickly discovered evidence that this leads to a buffer overflow. Looks like an out of bounds read triggering a segfault. 

Program received signal SIGSEGV, Segmentation fault.
0x00007ffff7abc1c1 in XRef::getEntry (this=this@entry=0x6372c0, i=-45027, complainIfMissing=complainIfMissing@entry=true)
    at XRef.cc:1609
1609	  if (i >= size || entries[i].type == xrefEntryNone) {

Offsets negatively into entries and triggers the segfault.

Comment 5 Scott Gayou 2018-07-26 18:16:30 UTC
This was de-embargoed after the reporter reported this upstream, agreed on a release, and the patch came out.

Comment 7 Scott Gayou 2018-07-26 18:23:03 UTC

Red Hat Product Security has rated this issue as having a security impact of Low, and a future update may address this flaw.

Comment 9 Scott Gayou 2018-07-26 19:09:20 UTC
RHEL 5 and 6 have similar code and look vulnerable due to the missing check. Untested as pdfunite was not shipped with those versions of poppler and due to low severity. Assumption is affected.

Comment 11 errata-xmlrpc 2018-10-30 07:42:51 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2018:3140 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2018:3140

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