Bug 1623242 (CVE-2018-14600) - CVE-2018-14600 libX11: Out of Bounds write in XListExtensions in ListExt.c
Summary: CVE-2018-14600 libX11: Out of Bounds write in XListExtensions in ListExt.c
Alias: CVE-2018-14600
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: 1623243 1623244 1624412
Blocks: 1623253
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-08-28 20:07 UTC by Laura Pardo
Modified: 2019-09-29 14:57 UTC (History)
17 users (show)

Fixed In Version: libX11 1.6.6
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An out of bounds write, limited to NULL bytes, was discovered in libX11 in functions XListExtensions() and XGetFontPath(). The length field is considered as a signed value, which makes the library access memory before the intended buffer. An attacker who can either configure a malicious X server or modify the data coming from one could use this flaw to make the program crash or have other unspecified effects, caused by the memory corruption.
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Last Closed: 2019-08-06 19:19:39 UTC

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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2019:2079 None None None 2019-08-06 12:11:29 UTC

Description Laura Pardo 2018-08-28 20:07:56 UTC
An issue was discovered in libX11 through 1.6.5. Functions ListExt.c:XListExtensions and GetFPath.c:XGetFontPath interpret a variable as signed instead of unsigned, resulting in an out-of-bounds write (of up to 128 bytes), leading to DoS or remote code execution.


Upstream Patch:

Comment 1 Laura Pardo 2018-08-28 20:08:29 UTC
Created libX11 tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1623243]

Comment 4 Riccardo Schirone 2018-08-31 13:42:15 UTC
Functions ListExt.c:XListExtensions and GetFPath.c:XGetFontPath interpret the length field, which is a char, as a signed value, resulting in a read and a write before the intended buffer when they traverse the list of extensions/paths provided by the server.

Comment 6 Shiva Prasad Rao 2019-01-29 23:32:20 UTC
Is the fix going to be ported to RHEL 7?

Comment 7 errata-xmlrpc 2019-08-06 12:11:28 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2019:2079 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2019:2079

Comment 8 Product Security DevOps Team 2019-08-06 19:19:39 UTC
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):


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