Bug 1870249 (CVE-2020-17538) - CVE-2020-17538 ghostscript: buffer overflow in GetNumSameData() in contrib/lips4/gdevlips.c could result in a DoS
Summary: CVE-2020-17538 ghostscript: buffer overflow in GetNumSameData() in contrib/li...
Alias: CVE-2020-17538
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: 1870251 1872034 1872035
Blocks: 1870273
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2020-08-19 15:26 UTC by Michael Kaplan
Modified: 2021-05-18 20:35 UTC (History)
6 users (show)

Fixed In Version: ghostscript 9.51
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Last Closed: 2021-05-18 20:35:44 UTC

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Description Michael Kaplan 2020-08-19 15:26:07 UTC
A buffer overflow vulnerability in GetNumSameData() in contrib/lips4/gdevlips.c of Artifex Software GhostScript v9.50 allows a remote attacker to cause a denial of service via a crafted PDF file. This is fixed in v9.51.



Comment 1 Michael Kaplan 2020-08-19 15:26:36 UTC
Created ghostscript tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1870251]

Comment 3 Todd Cullum 2020-08-24 21:31:35 UTC

Mitigation for this issue is either not available or the currently available options do not meet the Red Hat Product Security criteria comprising ease of use and deployment, applicability to widespread installation base or stability.

Comment 5 Todd Cullum 2020-08-24 21:35:06 UTC
Flaw Summary:

The GetNumSameData() function in /contrib/lips4/gdevlips.c could perform a buffer overflow due to while loop conditions in an improper order:

`while (*curPtr == *(curPtr + count) && maxnum > count)`

In this case, `maxnum > count` should be checked prior to dereferencing `curPtr + count` conditions to avoid a potential heap buffer overread. The patch does this.

Comment 6 Todd Cullum 2020-08-24 21:36:35 UTC
I was not able to reproduce the issue as described upstream with ASAN on RHEL, but do see the source code line in the file. As such, I've marked it as Low.

Comment 7 errata-xmlrpc 2021-05-18 15:37:14 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

Via RHSA-2021:1852 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2021:1852

Comment 8 Product Security DevOps Team 2021-05-18 20:35:44 UTC
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):


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