Bug 1275869 (CVE-2015-2696) - CVE-2015-2696 krb5: IAKERB context aliasing flaw
Summary: CVE-2015-2696 krb5: IAKERB context aliasing flaw
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Status: CLOSED WONTFIX
Alias: CVE-2015-2696
Product: Security Response
Classification: Other
Component: vulnerability
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
medium
medium
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Red Hat Product Security
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Depends On: 1275872
Blocks: 1275873
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Reported: 2015-10-28 01:23 UTC by Kurt Seifried
Modified: 2019-09-29 13:39 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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A type-confusion flaw was discovered in MIT Kerberos, where it incorrectly deals with IAKERB context handles. If an application calls gss_inquire_context() on a partially-established IAKERB context, an unauthenticated remote attacker could possibly exploit the flaw to crash the application (denial of service) by sending it a specially crafted IAKERB packet.
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Last Closed: 2015-12-10 10:27:12 UTC


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Description Kurt Seifried 2015-10-28 01:23:59 UTC
The kerberos project reports:

The IAKERB mechanism currently replaces its context handle with the
krb5 mechanism handle upon establishment, under the assumption that
most GSS functions are only called after context establishment.  This
assumption is incorrect, and can lead to aliasing violations for some
programs.  Maintain the IAKERB context structure after context
establishment and add new IAKERB entry points to refer to it with that
type.  Add initiate and established flags to the IAKERB context
structure for use in gss_inquire_context() prior to context
establishment.

CVE-2015-2696:

In MIT krb5 1.9 and later, applications which call
gss_inquire_context() on a partially-established IAKERB context can
cause the GSS-API library to read from a pointer using the wrong type,
generally causing a process crash.  Java server applications using the
native JGSS provider are vulnerable to this bug.  A carefully crafted
IAKERB packet might allow the gss_inquire_context() call to succeed
with attacker-determined results, but applications should not make
access control decisions based on gss_inquire_context() results prior
to context establishment.

External references:
https://github.com/krb5/krb5/commit/e04f0283516e80d2f93366e0d479d13c9b5c8c2a

Comment 1 Kurt Seifried 2015-10-28 01:36:51 UTC
Created krb5 tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1275872]

Comment 3 Kurt Seifried 2015-11-06 20:30:26 UTC
The patches for CVE-2015-2696 contained a regression in the newly
added IAKERB iakerb_gss_export_sec_context() function, which could
cause it to corrupt memory.  Fix the regression by properly
dereferencing the context_handle pointer before casting it.

Please see BZ#1278951 for information on CVE-2015-2698 which addresses this regression.


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