Bug 1623238 (CVE-2018-14598) - CVE-2018-14598 libX11: Crash on invalid reply in XListExtensions in ListExt.c
Summary: CVE-2018-14598 libX11: Crash on invalid reply in XListExtensions in ListExt.c
Alias: CVE-2018-14598
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: 1623239 1623240 1624389 1850153 1875943
Blocks: 1623253
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-08-28 20:02 UTC by Laura Pardo
Modified: 2024-03-25 15:07 UTC (History)
17 users (show)

Fixed In Version: libX11 1.6.6
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It was discovered that libX11 does not properly validate input coming from the server, causing XListExtensions() and XGetFontPath() functions to produce an invalid list of elements that in turn make XFreeExtensionsList() and XFreeFontPath() access invalid memory. An attacker who can either configure a malicious X server or modify the data coming from one, could use this flaw to crash the application using libX11, resulting in a denial of service.
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Last Closed: 2019-08-06 19:19:38 UTC

Attachments (Terms of Use)

System ID Private Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2019:2079 0 None None None 2019-08-06 12:11:27 UTC

Description Laura Pardo 2018-08-28 20:02:21 UTC
An issue was discovered in ListExt.c:XListExtensions and GetFPath.c:XGetFontPath in libX11 through version 1.6.5. A malicious server can send a reply in which the first string overflows, causing a variable to be set to NULL that will be freed later on, leading to DoS (segmentation fault).


Upstream Patch:

Comment 1 Laura Pardo 2018-08-28 20:02:59 UTC
Created libX11 tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1623239]

Comment 3 Riccardo Schirone 2018-08-31 11:47:47 UTC
When a reply from a malicious server has the first element with an invalid length, the ListExt.c:XListExtensions and GetFPath.c:XGetFontPath functions may wrongly initialize the returned list. Thus a following call to XFreeExtensionsList/XFreeFontPath will try to access an invalid list, causing a segmentation fault in the client program.

Comment 7 errata-xmlrpc 2019-08-06 12:11:26 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2019:2079 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2019:2079

Comment 8 Product Security DevOps Team 2019-08-06 19:19:38 UTC
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):


Comment 12 Riccardo Schirone 2020-12-03 17:01:28 UTC

This issue did not affect the versions of libX11 as shipped with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as they did not include the vulnerable code.

To exploit the vulnerability an attacker would need to have already compromised the X server used by your applications. Normally, the X client that runs libX11 and the X server runs on the same machine, thus if an attacker can trigger this flaw he has already compromised the X server, which runs as root, and he has already full control on the system. If the X client runs on another system than the X server (e.g. DISPLAY environment variable is used and it points to an X server on another system) then exploiting this vulnerability would only crash the client, which should not be run with high privileges.  For the above reasons, this flaw was rated as Moderate Impact.

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