Bug 842458 (CVE-2012-4024) - CVE-2012-4024 squashfs-tools: remote arbitrary code execution via crafted list file
Summary: CVE-2012-4024 squashfs-tools: remote arbitrary code execution via crafted lis...
Alias: CVE-2012-4024
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
QA Contact:
Depends On: 847270
Blocks: 842461
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2012-07-23 22:25 UTC by Vincent Danen
Modified: 2019-09-29 12:54 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2019-06-10 10:58:50 UTC

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Description Vincent Danen 2012-07-23 22:25:37 UTC
Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures assigned an identifier CVE-2012-4024 to
the following vulnerability:

Name: CVE-2012-4024
URL: http://cve.mitre.org/cgi-bin/cvename.cgi?name=CVE-2012-4024
Assigned: 20120716
Reference: http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_name=CAAoG81HL9oP8roPLLhftTSXTzSD%2BZcR66PRkVU%3Df76W3Mjde_w%40mail.gmail.com&forum_name=squashfs-devel
Reference: http://www.osvdb.org/83898

Stack-based buffer overflow in the get_component function in
unsquashfs.c in unsquashfs in Squashfs 4.2 and earlier allows remote
attackers to execute arbitrary code via a crafted list file (aka a
crafted file for the -ef option).  NOTE: probably in most cases, the
list file is a trusted file constructed by the program's user;
however, there are some realistic situations in which a list file
would be obtained from an untrusted remote source.

Also some additional notes from MITRE [1]:

Although Squashfs is a Linux filesystem, these two CVEs are about a
utility program that is, in some ways, similar to tar or other archive
programs. In general, if an archive file might be obtained from an
untrusted remote source, and crafted data within the archive file
potentially leads to arbitrary code execution during extraction, the
issue can be included in CVE. There are many CVEs in this category
(e.g., see CVE-2011-1777 and CVE-2011-1778 in RHSA-2011:1507-1).
CVE-2012-4025 also fits into this category.

CVE-2012-4024 is different because the crafted data isn't in the
archive file. Specifically, the crafted data must be in a list file
that's similar to the list file used with the "tar -T" option. One
threat model is that an attacker announces 'We have created an example
of our project as a squashfs filesystem. The downloadable files are
myproject.sqsh and myproject.list. If you only want the source code,
you can extract it by running the "unsquashfs myproject.sqsh -ef
myproject.list" command.' If myproject.list is long enough (e.g.,
thousands of lines with reasonable source-code filenames and one line
with exploit code), probably most people wouldn't notice that the file
isn't legitimate.

[1] http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2012/07/19/6

Comment 1 Bruno Wolff III 2012-07-24 02:47:05 UTC
I'll keep an eye out for patches for this. Based on the discussion on the source forge list, I don't think anything is likely to happen soon. Phillip considers the two recent bugs to be relatively minor (I think that assessment is correct), he doesn't have a lot of time right now and the reporter has irked him.
There appear to be fixes to check for other kinds of corruption queued up that may also cause similar issues. I have been keeping an eye out for a 4.3 release, as I am not sure what shape Phillip considers the current trunk to be in.

If people think this really warrants a relatively rapid response I can look into seeing if I can find or make fixes?

Comment 2 Stefan Cornelius 2012-07-27 10:00:47 UTC
On RHEL6, the stack smashing protection catches this, but the stack can be corrupted to a point where it causes crashes further down in the glibc abort path, so we can't consider this as fully mitigated.

On RHEL5, there's a buffer overflow in the add_exclude function of mksquashfs.c.
It's pretty much the same vector, but a different utility and different code (RHEL5 unsquashfs does not seem to support excludes). Luckily, this case seems to be properly mitigated by the stack smashing protection, so this shouldn't be much of a problem.

Comment 4 Bruno Wolff III 2012-07-28 15:07:16 UTC
I looked over the report in a bit more detail. It looks like stopping the problem with a hack should be pretty easy. To see if there is an easy clean fix will require a bit more digging.

Comment 5 Stefan Cornelius 2012-08-10 11:04:35 UTC
(In reply to comment #4)
> I looked over the report in a bit more detail. It looks like stopping the
> problem with a hack should be pretty easy. To see if there is an easy clean
> fix will require a bit more digging.

Hi Bruno,

I've tried to ping the maintainer several times, so far no reply. It would be awesome if you could look into this and see if you can come up with fixes for  CVE-2012-4024 and CVE-2012-4025. If you need help or a review, don't hesitate to contact me.


Comment 6 Stefan Cornelius 2012-08-10 11:06:43 UTC
Created squashfs-tools tracking bugs for this issue

Affects: fedora-all [bug 847270]

Comment 7 Bruno Wolff III 2012-08-10 14:25:01 UTC
If you read through the thread on the sourceforge list you will see that Phillip doesn't think the bugs are that important (you generally get squashfs images from trusted sources and or are going to be running stuff on them) and the reporter annoyed him, so he isn't inclined to jump in and make fixes for these post haste.

When I read through the description I think I understood the problem well enough that I could make a workable fix.

I'm sick right now so I probably won't be spending much time on this in the next couple of days. But as I get better I'll take another look at this.

Comment 9 Bruno Wolff III 2012-11-19 14:58:06 UTC
There has been commits (http://squashfs.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=squashfs/squashfs;a=commit;h=3c5901a03a9b6574dbc846a8b900eb95cc6df6f8 http://squashfs.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=squashfs/squashfs;a=commit;h=bda2cc53af0b0e897137800942f42f405d431e1b) that appear to fix this problem. However Phillip has been doing a lot of development recently in trunk so they may not ending up being trivial to back port. We'll see.

Comment 10 Bruno Wolff III 2012-11-19 17:06:35 UTC
None of the hunks apply cleanly, but it looks like they could be manually fixed up without pulling in all of the changes.

Comment 11 Bruno Wolff III 2012-11-19 17:18:34 UTC
I was wrong. The pathname stuff was heavily restructured in October and the commits aren't that helpful for back porting.

Comment 12 Bruno Wolff III 2012-11-19 17:27:31 UTC
I also see that these commits are really fixing a different potential buffer problem with paths. The original add_path issue still needs to be fixed. So for now I'll just keep an eye on things. Those commits were from less than a day ago, so more stuff might be going in very soon.

Comment 13 Bruno Wolff III 2012-11-22 13:52:45 UTC
Phillip has now done a similar commit (http://squashfs.git.sourceforge.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=squashfs/squashfs;a=commit;h=19c38fba0be1ce949ab44310d7f49887576cc123) for the specific area referred to in CVE-2012-4024.

Comment 14 Bruno Wolff III 2012-11-22 14:20:37 UTC
This patch backported pretty easily. I have a build for rawhide started. If that passes testing, I'll make builds for f16, f17 and f18.

Comment 15 Fedora Update System 2012-12-12 00:17:53 UTC
squashfs-tools-4.2-5.fc18 has been pushed to the Fedora 18 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 16 Fedora Update System 2012-12-13 05:55:50 UTC
squashfs-tools-4.2-5.fc16 has been pushed to the Fedora 16 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 17 Fedora Update System 2012-12-13 05:58:21 UTC
squashfs-tools-4.2-5.fc17 has been pushed to the Fedora 17 stable repository.  If problems still persist, please make note of it in this bug report.

Comment 18 Bruno Wolff III 2012-12-13 13:11:32 UTC
Note that squashfs tools 4.3 is due out in a few weeks and will have fixes for a number of potential issues with handling bad data.

Comment 19 Vincent Danen 2012-12-20 21:18:29 UTC
Please don't close SRT bugs; this needs to remain open for RHEL6 where it is deferred.

Comment 20 Bruno Wolff III 2013-08-31 14:03:16 UTC
While there hasn't been an official 4.3 release yet, there is a stable branch now. All of the active versions of Fedora have squashfs-tools builds based on that branch. There are many data checking improvements over 4.2. The RHEL maintainer may want to take a look at using that branch for RHEL.

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