Bug 1622707 (CVE-2018-14618) - CVE-2018-14618 curl: NTLM password overflow via integer overflow
Summary: CVE-2018-14618 curl: NTLM password overflow via integer overflow
Alias: CVE-2018-14618
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: 1623697 1623698 1625563 1625564 1714209
Blocks: 1622708
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2018-08-27 19:40 UTC by Pedro Sampaio
Modified: 2020-04-02 16:04 UTC (History)
27 users (show)

Fixed In Version: curl 7.61.1
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Last Closed: 2019-07-12 13:05:57 UTC

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System ID Priority Status Summary Last Updated
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2018:3558 None None None 2018-11-13 08:36:48 UTC
Red Hat Product Errata RHSA-2019:1880 None None None 2019-07-29 15:13:11 UTC

Description Pedro Sampaio 2018-08-27 19:40:19 UTC
NTLM password overflow via integer overflow

Project curl Security Advisory, September 5th 2018 -


libcurl contains a buffer overflow in the NTLM authentication code.

The internal function `Curl_ntlm_core_mk_nt_hash` multiplies the `length` of
the password by two (SUM) to figure out how large temporary storage area to
allocate from the heap.

The `length` value is then subsequently used to iterate over the password and
generate output into the allocated storage buffer. On systems with a 32 bit
`size_t`, the math to calculate SUM triggers an integer overflow when the
password length exceeds 2GB (2^31 bytes). This integer overflow usually causes
a very small buffer to actually get allocated instead of the intended very
huge one, making the use of that buffer end up in a heap buffer overflow.

(This bug is almost identical to

We are not aware of any exploit of this flaw.


This bug was introduced in commit
[be285cde3f](https://github.com/curl/curl/commit/be285cde3f), April 2006.

The Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project has assigned the name
CVE-2018-XXXX to this issue.

CWE-131: Incorrect Calculation of Buffer Size


This is only an issue on 32 bit systems. It also requires the password field
to use more than 2GB of memory, which in itself should be rare.

- Affected versions: libcurl 7.15.4 to and including 7.61.0
- Not affected versions: libcurl < 7.15.4 and >= 7.61.1

curl is used by many applications, but not always advertised as such.


In libcurl version 7.61.1, the integer overflow is avoided.

A [patch for CVE-2018-XXXX](https://curl.haxx.se/CVE-2018-bf5f.patch) is


We suggest you take one of the following actions immediately, in order of

  A - Upgrade curl to version 7.61.1

  B - Apply the patch to your version and rebuild

  C - Put length restrictions on the password you can pass to libcurl


It was [publicly reported](https://github.com/curl/curl/issues/2756) to the
curl project on July 18, 2018.  We contacted distros@openwall on August 27.

curl 7.61.1 was released on September 5 2018, coordinated with the publication
of this advisory.


Reported by Zhaoyang Wu. Patch by Daniel Stenberg.

Comment 3 Scott Gayou 2018-08-29 22:19:04 UTC
No dice using a crafted .netrc or inputting large values in the password prompt that pops up if -u is passed in.

Tried triggering this directly via setting a 2GB password through libcurl (res = curl_easy_setopt(curl, CURLOPT_PASSWORD, pass) on a 32-bit system. Unfortunately, curl_easy_setopt for CURLOPT_PASSWORD does a strdup, which naturally fails. Curl then returns out of memory before hitting the target code.

So this flaw may be possible to hit on 32-bit, but I'm unclear how. There needs to be a code path that directly takes user input without copying it. May exist, but I've looked down five or so avenues and haven't found it yet.

The code does show a pretty trivial heap overflow, but getting there seems mildly difficult.

Comment 5 Doran Moppert 2018-09-03 02:03:08 UTC

Name: the Curl project
Upstream: Zhaoyang Wu

Comment 6 Doran Moppert 2018-09-03 02:03:19 UTC
External References:


Comment 7 Andrej Nemec 2018-09-05 08:47:09 UTC
Public via:


Comment 8 Andrej Nemec 2018-09-05 08:47:48 UTC
Created curl tracking bugs for this issue:

Affects: fedora-all [bug 1625563]

Comment 11 errata-xmlrpc 2018-11-13 08:36:36 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Software Collections for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  Red Hat Software Collections for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  Red Hat Software Collections for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 EUS
  Red Hat Software Collections for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 EUS
  Red Hat Software Collections for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 EUS

Via RHSA-2018:3558 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2018:3558

Comment 14 Product Security DevOps Team 2019-07-12 13:05:57 UTC
This bug is now closed. Further updates for individual products will be reflected on the CVE page(s):


Comment 15 errata-xmlrpc 2019-07-29 15:13:09 UTC
This issue has been addressed in the following products:

  Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Via RHSA-2019:1880 https://access.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2019:1880

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