cve-2004-0754-00

Summary Groupware message receive integer overflow
Date 2004-08-26
CVE Number CVE-2004-0754
Discovered By Sean (infamous42md)
Fixed In Release 0.82

Description

Integer overflow in memory allocation results in heap overflow. By passing the size variable as ~0, integer overflows to 0 when 1 is added in g_alloc(). A malloc(0) call results in 16 bytes of memory being allocated on IA- 32. Then we can overflow the heap when nm_read_all() is called next step. Usually cases like this suck for exploitation, because the len (~0) is so large that a following call to memcpy() or strcpy() will just run into kernel mem or unmapped address and fault. However in this case we read the data from the network via a read() call, so we can just stop sending data and close the connection to short out before ~0 bytes are read. However, this is triggered by input from the server, not directly from a client. Someone running a malicious groupware server could leverage this to run arbitrary code on the client.

Mitigation

Bounds checking was added.

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