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Bug 225491 - CVE-2007-0650 Multiple buffer overflows in teTeX's makeindex
CVE-2007-0650 Multiple buffer overflows in teTeX's makeindex
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: tetex (Show other bugs)
x86_64 Linux
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Assigned To: Jindrich Novy
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2007-01-30 16:37 EST by Mark Richters
Modified: 2013-07-02 19:19 EDT (History)
2 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2009-01-09 02:55:01 EST
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Proposed patch to fix the makeindex issues. (2.55 KB, patch)
2007-02-02 07:20 EST, Jindrich Novy
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Description Mark Richters 2007-01-30 16:37:35 EST
Description of problem:

makeindex crashes with "*** buffer overflow detected ***: makeindex terminated"

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

makeindex, version 2.14 [02-Oct-2002] (kpathsea + Thai support)

How reproducible:

Call makeindex with a long pathname argument to -s switch like this (file must
exist in that location):

makeindex -s

Shorter pathnames do work: "makeindex -s /home/mr/" is fine.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. makeindex -s
Actual results:

10027:$ makeindex -s
*** buffer overflow detected ***: makeindex terminated
======= Backtrace: =========
======= Memory map: ========
00400000-00416000 r-xp 00000000 08:12 1780024                           
00615000-0061f000 rw-p 00015000 08:12 1780024                           
0061f000-00624000 rw-p 0061f000 00:00 0 
0081e000-00820000 rw-p 0001e000 08:12 1780024                           
00820000-00916000 rw-p 00820000 00:00 0                                  [heap]
3721c00000-3721c1a000 r-xp 00000000 08:12 2116942                       
3721e19000-3721e1a000 r--p 00019000 08:12 2116942                       
3721e1a000-3721e1b000 rw-p 0001a000 08:12 2116942                       
3722000000-3722144000 r-xp 00000000 08:12 2116943                       
3722144000-3722344000 ---p 00144000 08:12 2116943                       
3722344000-3722348000 r--p 00144000 08:12 2116943                       
3722348000-3722349000 rw-p 00148000 08:12 2116943                       
3722349000-372234e000 rw-p 3722349000 00:00 0 
3727c00000-3727c0d000 r-xp 00000000 08:12 2116947                       
3727c0d000-3727e0c000 ---p 0000d000 08:12 2116947                       
3727e0c000-3727e0d000 rw-p 0000c000 08:12 2116947                       
2aaaaaaab000-2aaaaaaac000 rw-p 2aaaaaaab000 00:00 0 
2aaaaaad4000-2aaaaaad6000 rw-p 2aaaaaad4000 00:00 0 
7fff26653000-7fff26669000 rw-p 7fff26653000 00:00 0                      [stack]
ffffffffff600000-ffffffffffe00000 ---p 00000000 00:00 0                  [vdso]

Expected results:

No buffer overflow.
Comment 1 Lubomir Kundrak 2007-02-01 08:27:25 EST
There is a minor heap overflow resulting in heap corruption in
check_idx() at mkind.c:410. It is definitely not a security issue,
because it doesn't allow an attacker to inject arbitrary data on stack.

But it might be unrelated, because it requires the filename to
be at least 252 characters long, which is not the case in
the above description.

Let's call makeindex this way:
$ makeindex `perl -e 'print "x" x 255'`

Here the filename length gets checked against STRING_MAX
which is 256 characters:

386     if (i < STRING_MAX)
387         base[i] = NUL;
388     else
389         FATAL2("Index file name %s too long (max %d).\n",
390                base, STRING_MAX);

(gdb) print STRING_MAX
$4 = 256

Then the same amount of data gets allocated to idx_fn and the file name
extended by 4 characters gets copied there:

408             if ((idx_fn = (char *) malloc(STRING_MAX)) == NULL)
409                 FATAL("Not enough core...abort.\n", "");
410             sprintf(idx_fn, "%s%s", base, INDEX_IDX);
(gdb) print INDEX_IDX
$5 = ".idx"
(gdb) print strlen(base)
$6 = 255

Shoul be fixed by adjusting the conditional on line 386 accordingly I guess.
Comment 2 Lubomir Kundrak 2007-02-01 09:44:13 EST
The previous bug was really a different one.
The actual problem here is that makeindex does

516             strcpy(sty_fn, fn);

in open_sty (fn) at mkind.c. fn gets passed without any check from
a program agrument in main():

150                         /* style file */
151                     case 's':
152                         argc--;
153                         if (argc <= 0)
154                             FATAL("Expected -s <stylefile>\n","");
155                         open_sty(*++argv);
156                         sty_given = TRUE;
157                         break;

however, sty_fn is is only 72 characters wide. See mkindex.h:

 56 char    sty_fn[LINE_MAX];

(gdb) print LINE_MAX
$2 = 72

This allows a malicious attacker to owerwrite data that follows the
sty_fn[] buffer almost arbitrarily. This might lead to overwrite of
arbitrary files if pathnames were stored there or arbitrary code
execution in case there is a pointer to function there.
Comment 3 Jindrich Novy 2007-02-02 04:39:31 EST
Yet another buffer overflow at mkind.c:182:

strcpy(pageno, *++argv);

where the argument string is immediatelly assigned to a global array.
Comment 4 Jindrich Novy 2007-02-02 07:20:04 EST
Created attachment 147214 [details]
Proposed patch to fix the makeindex issues.
Comment 6 Fedora Update System 2007-04-13 15:37:00 EDT
tetex-3.0-34.fc6 has been pushed for fc6, which should resolve this issue.  If these problems are still present in this version, then please make note of it in this bug report.
Comment 7 Mark Richters 2007-06-30 14:56:25 EDT
Just tested it again with tetex-3.0-39.fc7.x86_64 on F7. The buffer overflow is
gone. Thanks for this. Although, the error message is a bit confusing:

10008:$ makeindex -s
Style file
/home/mr/perforce/tools/dblatex-0.2.3/share/dblatex/latex/scripts/ too long.

It says that the style file is too long, but actually it's the file name that is
too long. The same file works after copying to /tmp:

10010:$ cp
/home/mr/perforce/tools/dblatex-0.2.3/share/dblatex/latex/scripts/ /tmp
10011:$ makeindex -s /tmp/ 
Scanning style file /tmp/ (4 attributes redefined, 0 ignored).
This is makeindex, version 2.14 [02-Oct-2002] (kpathsea + Thai support).
Scanning input file stdin...

Still, I wonder why the file name length is so much limited at all (especially
since the path above is not really long).
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Comment 9 Mark Richters 2008-04-04 16:45:36 EDT
Comment #7 is also valid for Fedora 8 with tetex-3.0-44.8.fc8.x86_64.
Comment 10 John Poelstra 2008-04-04 17:44:24 EDT
thanks for the update!
Comment 11 Jindrich Novy 2008-04-05 04:15:34 EDT
Ok, I updated the CVE-2005-0650 patch to increase the file name size limit to
STRING_MAX (256) from LINE_MAX (72) and the error message. The fix for it should
occur in the next update.
Comment 12 Fedora Update System 2008-04-10 07:28:38 EDT
tetex-3.0-44.9.fc8 has been submitted as an update for Fedora 8
Comment 13 Fedora Update System 2008-04-16 23:55:09 EDT
tetex-3.0-44.9.fc8 has been pushed to the Fedora 8 testing repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.
 If you want to test the update, you can install it with 
 su -c 'yum --enablerepo=updates-testing update tetex'.  You can provide feedback for this update here:
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