Bug 844105 (CVE-2012-3438) - CVE-2012-3438 GraphicsMagick: png_IM_malloc() size argument
Summary: CVE-2012-3438 GraphicsMagick: png_IM_malloc() size argument
Alias: CVE-2012-3438
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: 844106 844107
Blocks: 844110
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-07-28 23:01 UTC by Kurt Seifried
Modified: 2019-09-29 12:54 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2012-10-15 14:29:22 UTC

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Description Kurt Seifried 2012-07-28 23:01:27 UTC
Tom Lane (tgl) found an issue in ImageMagick that is also present 
in GraphicsMagick. Basically CVE-2011-3026 deals with libpng memory 
allocation, limitations have been added so that a bad PNG can't cause the 
system to allocate a lot of memory causing a denial of service. However on 
further investigation of ImageMagick Tom Lane found that PNG malloc 
function (Magick_png_malloc) in turn calls AcquireMagickMemory with an 
improper size argument:

static png_voidp Magick_png_malloc(png_structp png_ptr,png_uint_32 size)
  (void) png_ptr;
  return((png_voidp) AcquireMagickMemory((size_t) size));

Similar code is present in GraphicsMagick:

static png_voidp png_IM_malloc(png_structp png_ptr,png_uint_32 size)
  (void) png_ptr;
  return MagickAllocateMemory(png_voidp,(size_t) size);

This is incorrect, the size argument should be declared png_alloc_size_t 
according to 1.5, or png_size_t according to 1.2.

"As this function stands, it invisibly does the wrong thing for any request 
over 4GB.  On big-endian architectures it very possibly will do the wrong 
thing even for requests less than that. So the reason why the hard-wired 4GB 
limit prevents a core dump is that it masks the ABI mismatch here."

So basically we have memory allocations problems that can probably lead to a 
denial of service.

Comment 1 Kurt Seifried 2012-07-28 23:03:00 UTC
Created GraphicsMagick tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 844106]

Comment 2 Kurt Seifried 2012-07-28 23:03:34 UTC
Created GraphicsMagick tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: epel-all [bug 844107]

Comment 3 Tom Lane 2012-07-29 15:26:06 UTC
I'm told upstream has already committed a fix for this, so you should be able to pull a patch out of their SCM.

Comment 5 Vincent Danen 2012-10-15 14:29:22 UTC
Just to note, that CVE-2012-3437 is for this flaw in ImageMagick, while CVE-2012-3438 is for this flaw in GraphicsMagick.  The initial description does not make it clear that separate CVEs were assigned for each.

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